A new adaptation of The Borrowers could soon be making its way on to the big screen.
According to Deadline, Universal and Working Title are teaming up to develop a brand new reboot of The Borrowers.
Universal and Working Title seem to have already found a director for The Borrowers reboot in Conrad Vernon, who is currently in talks to board the project.
Vernon has a long history of serving as director on a number of children’s titles. His credits include Shrek 2, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, and the 2019 CGI animated family feature, The Addams Family.
Also on board is Patrick Burleigh, who is set to write the screenplay for the forthcoming reboot. The screenwriter most recently penned the script for the sequel, Peter Rabbit 2: the Runaway, due out sometime in 2021.
Based on the popular children’s book series of the same name by author Mary Norton, the story follows the Clock family— a family of tiny people who live in secrecy under a clock in an old English house. They come up from the floorboards when it’s safe “borrow” from the “human beans” who live in the house in order to survive.
This isn’t the first time Norton’s beloved series has been given the adaptation treatment. In fact, the fantasy tale has been adapted quite a few times for both the big and small screen.
Perhaps the most well known is Peter Hewitt’s 1997 big screen adaptation, which starred John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Laurie. Most recently, The Borrowers was adapted into a made for television movie back in 2011. Helmed by Tom Harper, the 2011 adaptation starred Stephen Fry, Christopher Eccleston, and Victoria Wood.
Currently, there’s no word on when we might expect to see Universal and Working Title’s reboot of The Borrowers hit theaters.