Breaking Book News: Judy Moody Movie

May 15th, 2010 by

Judy Moody has: become famous, saved the world, predicted the future (those three things seem like they should have happened in reverse), become a doctor, declared independence, gone around the world in 8.5 days, and gone to college.

And now, she’s going to the movies! Well, not going to the movies, but starring in one! The Judy Moody series, created by author Megan McDonald and illustrator Peter Reynolds, will be brought to life on the silver screen — in a movie titled Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer.

Author Megan McDonald co-wrote the movie screenplay, so I think it’ll probably be true to the original characters. The movie will be live action — with human actors* — but I’m guessing they’ll use illustrator Peter Reynolds’ drawings for inspiration. I mean, with something like this… how can you not?

From Judy Moody Predicts the Future.

But don’t fret, book purists! When the movie comes out, Candlewick Press will also release a full-color hardback, Judy Moody Goes Hollywood. If you can’t wait that long, Judy Moody, Girl Detective, is coming out on August 10 (is there anything that girl can’t do?!).

There’s no news on casting or exact release date yet, but the director will be John Schultz, who directed Aliens in the Attic. The movie will be produced by Gary Magness and Sarah Siegel-Magness, who decided they wanted the film rights to the Judy Moody series after their daughter read one of the books. Thank you, daughter of Gary Magness and Sarah Siegel-Magness! 🙂

Judy is in 3rd grade, and her brother, Stink, is in 2nd grade. Who do you think should play them in the movie?

— Nancy

*You’re probably wondering why Nancy specified human actors. She’s pretty bummed that robot actors are still discriminated against in Hollywood.
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