Gaumont has made a deal to turn Julian Lennon’s book trilogy Touch The Earth into an animated TV series. The second volume, Heal The Earth, gets published this month by Sky Pony Press.
Lennon and his children’s book collaborator Bart Davis will be executive producers and will work on the project with Gaumont President of Animation Nicolas Atlan, and Terry Kalagian, Senior Vice President, Creative Development for Animation & Family. Kimberly Dennison will be the presiding exec.
The adventure preschool series invites readers to board the magical White Feather airplane and aid in the preservation of the planet’s oceans and water supplies, with themes of environmentalism and social issues running through its episodes.
“It is an exciting time as we engage in the process of connecting the right creatives to the project who will share the passion for the show’s messages and themes,” Lennon said in a statement. “I am truly enthusiastic about working with Gaumont and appreciate the sensitive energy and insight given the entire Touch the Earth series.” Co-author Davis said the goal is to empower more kids.
Lennon is the son of the late Beatles singer John Lennon; Gaumont is separately developing an animated feature based on High in the Clouds, the book by Lennon’s longtime Beatles songwriting partner Sir Paul McCartney, who wrote it with Ardagh. Lennon has long been interested in environmentalism, founding The White Feather Foundation in 2007 and producing the docu Whaledreamers that played Cannes in 2007.
Lennon and Davis are repped by Trident Media Group chairman Robert Gottlieb, along with Alyssa Henkin and Erica Silverman.