‘The Magic School Bus’ live-action hybrid movie in development


Ms. Frizzle is headed to the big screen with a film adaptation of The Magic School Bus. Time to take chances, make mistakes and get messy!

According to Deadline, The Magic School Bus adaptation will be a collaboration between Scholastic Entertainment, Universal, Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions and Marc Platt.

Elizabeth Banks will play Ms. Frizzle as well as produce the film along with Max Handelman for Brownstone Productions as well as President and Chief Strategy Officer Iole Lucchese and SVP & General Manager Caitlin Friedman of Scholastic Entertainment, and Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions.

“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 every day,” said President and Chief Strategy Officer at Scholastic Entertainment Iole Lucchese. “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.”

Joanna Cole wrote The Magic School Bus books with Bruce Degen as illustrator. The science-centered series centered on Ms. Frizzle and her class, who went on field trips in yellow school bus that magically transforms into a plane, submarine, spaceship, or surfboard, depending on the science concept being explored. Over 80 million books are in print of The Magic School Bus worldwide.

The upcoming film isn’t the first time The Magic School Bus has been adapted. The books first made the leap from book to screen with a PBS animated TV series which featured Lily Tomlin as Ms. Frizzle and ran for 18 consecutive years in the U.S. and in more than 100 countries around the world — making it the longest-running kids science series in history.

In 2017, an animated sequel to the original series, The Magic School Bus Rides Again, debuted on Netflix featuring Kate McKinnon as Ms. Frizzle’s sister, Fiona and composer/lyricist/playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda singing the theme song.

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