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Hollywood Is Going To Try And Make An 'Encyclopedia Brown' Movie Again

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 24, 2013 5:58 PM
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Encyclopedia Brown

If at first you don't succeed, pitch it again. Hollywood has been trying forever to make a big screen version of your favorite library book series when you were a kid; "Encyclopedia Brown." Talent as wide-ranging, diverse and bizarre as  Robert LuketicRidley ScottChevy Chase and Goldie Hawn have all toyed with it at various points in different capacities. Well, the white board was been wiped clean and execs are ready for some new ideas as it's making the rounds again.

THR reports that the Donald J. Sobol books will now start a journey to the big screen over at Warner Bros. with powerhouse Roy Lee ("The Departed," "The Woman In Black," "Bates Motel") and Howard David Deutsch producing. In case you missed it when you were a kid, the books followed the adventures of  Leroy Brown -- nickname "Encyclopedia" because he was so smart -- who sets up a neighborhood detective agency, charging 25 cents per day, "plus expenses." His main antagonist is the neighborhood bully Bugs Meaney, his cop Dad keeps his sleuthing skills honed and it's all very innocent and charming in its own way.

Of course, lord know how Hollywood wants to juice it up -- if we hear the phrase " 'Sherlock Holmes' for kids!" we might lose it -- but we're not holding our breath that this won't be swiss cheesed into something barely resembling the books we grew up with. Until we know more, and what writer eventually wins the pitch to tackle this, here's an episode from HBO's short-lived "Encyclopedia Brown" series.

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  • Kevin Klawitter | June 24, 2013 6:25 PMReply

    "but we're not holding our breath that this won't be swiss cheesed into something barely resembling the books we grew up with."

    Therein lies the problem. The "books we grew up with" consisted of multiple stories that were short, straightforward, and mostly unconnected. There were recurring characters and themes, but the very nature of the Encyclopedia Brown books would require major changes to turn any of them into even a 90-minute movie.

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