There's been a break in the case of "'Encyclopedia Brown' and the Long-Awaited Film Adaptation." Deadline reports that the beloved children's series, which was officially optioned by Warner Bros. this summer, is eying writer Matthew Johnson to pen a script.
Johnson made his feature directorial debut earlier this year with "The Dirties," a film exploring a school shooting from the killers' perspective, which he also wrote. But his script for "Encyclopedia Brown" should be a bit milder, since it's based on the children's book series about the titular boy detective who solves petty crimes out of his parents' garage.
The series, written by Donald J. Sobol, ran from 1963 until Sobol's death in 2012. Several failed attempts to adapt the books into a feature film include one movie that was set to be directed by Ridley Scott in the early 2000s.
There's plenty of source material to work with -- Encyclopedia Brown stars in 28 books with about 10 stories each -- so Johnson should have lots of choices when penning his script. Deadline reports that he's still in talks for the job and nothing has been confirmed by the studio, though Warner Bros.'s hopes to turn "Encyclopedia" into a franchise suggest that they're in a hurry to see this adaptation through ASAP.
Stay tuned for further developments.
[via Deadline, h/t SlashFilm]