Magazine article Screen International

DreamWorks Animation, Cressida Cowell Reunite on 'The Wizards of Once'

Magazine article Screen International

DreamWorks Animation, Cressida Cowell Reunite on 'The Wizards of Once'

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How To Train Your Dragon author returns with new book series.

The studio has acquired rights to Cressida Cowell's fantasy novel series The Wizards Of Once.

The action takes place in a world of magic where wizards and warriors collide in a thrilling and enchanting adventure with humour, action and heart.

The first instalment of the series will be released through Hodder Children's Books in the UK, and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in the US this autumn.

Cowell, who is an ambassador for the UK's National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation, is best known for authoring and illustrating the 12-book series How To Train Your Dragon, which DreamWorks Animation adapted.

"Cressida is part of the DreamWorks family and with The Wizards Of Once she once again anchors a new franchise for us," Chris deFaria, president of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group, said.

"The story is packed with the perfect elements to create a unique magical universe inhabited by adventurous, funny and memorable characters that will enthral generations to come. …

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