Magazine article Screen International

Studiocanal, Blueprint Team for Matt Haig's 'A Boy Called Christmas'

Magazine article Screen International

Studiocanal, Blueprint Team for Matt Haig's 'A Boy Called Christmas'

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Studiocanal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel producers Blueprint Pictures have struck a deal to represent screen rights to acclaimed UK novelist Matt Haig's well-received 2015 children's story A Boy Called Christmas, about the early life of Father Christmas.

The duo came out on top following strong interest from a number of parties to the film rights and are now considering talent for the project.

Set in 18th-century Finland, A Boy Called Christmas is about elves, reindeer, a kidnapping, and an 11-year-old boy called Nikolas who isn't afraid to believe in magic.

Canongate released the book in the UK. Haig is represented by Curtis Brown, who helped broker the deal.

The partnership renews a fruitful collaboration between Studiocanal and Blueprint, who recently teamed on James Marsh's upcoming Donald Crowhurst biopic, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. …

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