Universal Pictures revealed today that they are bringing Joanna Cole & Bruce Degen‘s The Magic School Bus book series to the big screen. The book series brought an beloved animated series that premiered on PBS & ran four seasons from 1994-1997. The series came back in 2017 to wrap-up the show on Netflix.
The upcoming film will put Elizabeth Banks in the Valerie Frizzle role. The film will be produced by Banks & Max Handelman, Iole Lucchese, Caitlin Friedman, Marc Platt & Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions. Alison Small will executive produce the film. Friedman & Lucchese will also be attached to the upcoming Animorphs live-action film.
Lucchese had this to say:
“We are delighted to bring to life the iconic Ms. Frizzle and her zest for knowledge and adventure in a fresh new way that inspires the next generation of kids to explore science and supports the dedicated teachers who help make science real and accessible for young learners evry day. We’re also extremely excited to be working with such top-tier partners as Elizabeth Banks, Marc Platt Productions, Brownstone Productions, Universal Pictures, and all of the amazing talent assembled for this noteworthy feature film.”
No release date & additional actors were revealed. The Magic School Bus follows Valerie Frizzle, who embarks on adventures with her class on the titular school bus. As they journey on their exciting field trips, they discover locations, creatures, time periods & more to learn about the wonders of science along the way.