Dreamworks Animation Wins CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS Film Rights
Published: October 20, 2011 - 7:39am
The Schoolastic graphic novel series from creator Dav Pikey is one step closer to getting a feature film adaption after a highly competitive auction landed the property at the studio that brought audiences Oscar nominated How to Train Your Dragon.
Meet George and Harold, a couple of wise guys. The only thing they enjoy more than playing practical jokes is creating their own comic books. And together they have created the greatest comic-book superhero in the history of their elementary school - CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS!
But George and Harold's principal, mean old Mr. Krupp, doesn't like their pranks or their comic books. And he's cooked up a plan to catch George and Harold and stop their shenanigans - once and for all! This book is about what happened when that plan backfired, and Captain Underpants leaped off the page to save the day!
Dreamworks creative exec Bill Damaschke has reportedly been after the intellectual property since it was first published in 1997. Having finally acquiring Captain Underpants after over a decade's pursuit, he reflected on what drew him to the books, “There’s a great anarchic combination of kid and adult humor, and George and Harold are these terrific mischievous characters. And we felt that hypnotizing the principal is one of those great ideas."
Since it became available to the public, Dav Pikey's Captain Underpants books have been popular with young readers and are a champion for comics as a tool to promote youth literacy. There have been 12 books in the series published by Schoolastic thus far for the tighty whitey brandishing hero.