Source: Variety September 27, 2005
Walt Disney Pictures is reteaming with Walden Media to produce Bridge to Terabithia, based on Katherine Paterson's Newberry Medal-winning children's novel, says Variety. Disney comes aboard as co-financier and U.S. distributor. Walden keeps international rights.
Published in 1977 by HarperCollins, the Newbery Award-winning "Bridge" follows the story of an 11-year-old boy whose life is changed forever when he befriends the class outsider, a girl. Together they create the world of Terabithia, an imaginary kingdom filled with giants, trolls and other magical beings.
Disney and Walden are moving quickly on the film, with production scheduled for February in New Zealand. They are aiming for a spring 2007 release.
Gabor Csupo, co-founder of animation company Klasky/Csupo and director of Rugrats Go Wild!, will make his live-action helming debut on the movie. Jeff Stockwell is writing the screenplay.
Disney and Walden are currently teaming on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and did so previously on Holes and Ghosts of the Abyss.