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‘The Amazing Maurice’ Book Adaptation Heads Abroad

Animated film starring David Tennant, Hugh Laurie, and Emilia Clarke, based on Sir Terry Pratchett's ‘The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents,’ nabs numerous international sales as part of its planned 2022 release.

The Amazing Maurice, the CG animated film adaptation of beloved Sir Terry Pratchett’s novel “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents,” a children’s fantasy that has sold nearly 90 million books worldwide, is leaving a generation of fans anxiously awaiting its release.

The 28th novel in Pratchett’s “Discworld” series, comprised of 41 novels, is a play on the “Pied Piper of Hamelin.” Amazing follows Maurice, a streetwise cat who has the perfect money-making scam; he’s found a dumb-looking kid who plays a pipe, and his very own horde of rats – rats who are strangely educated, and literate. When Maurice and the rodents reach the stricken town of Bad Blintz, their little con goes down the drain. Someone there is playing a different tune. A dark, shadowy tune.

The movie is set to have a 2022 release this year, with fans of the books wondering when? Now, as reported today by Variety, Global Screen will present the film as a market premiere at Cannes. It has already been sold to multiple major territories including Italy (Lucky Red); Spain (Flins y Piniculas); Scandinavia (Selmer Media); Portugal (NOS Lusomundo); Israel (Red Cape Distribution); Middle East (Selim Ramia & Co.); Australia and New Zealand (Icon Film Distribution); CIS and Baltics (Volgafilm); Poland (Kino Swiat); Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria (Prorom Media); former Yugoslavia (Investacommerce); Taiwan (Swallow Wings); and Vietnam (Blue Lantern).

The impressive voice cast includes David Tennant who will voice The Amazing Maurice; Hugh Laurie (House, Stuart Little); Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Solo: A Star Wars Story); David Thewlis (Wonder Woman); Himesh Patel (Yesterday); Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia, The Girl with All the Gifts); and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey).

Roddy McManus is attached as executive producer. Amazing is produced by Ulysses Filmproduktion and Cantilever Media, with animation studios Studio Rakete and Squeeze Animation. The film is directed by Toby Genkel, and produced by Emely Christians, Andrew Baker, and Robert Chandler.

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.