Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the rights to the popular children’s novel, “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day”, written by John David Anderson. The studio will be partnering with Walden Media to adapt the story into a feature film.
Written by award-winning screenwriters Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark (I Put A Hit On You, “Mr. D”), the screenplay follows the beloved book’s young protagonists – Topher, Brand and Steve – as they set out on a quest to visit their favorite teacher. The book is available right here on Amazon.
The studio teases the film adding, “Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. She’s the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile. Ms. Bixby is one of a kind. Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. So when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year due to illness, they come up with a risky plan—more of a quest, really—to give Ms. Bixby a day she deserves.”
“I don’t have a sentimental bone in my body, yet we all remember teachers – who have had an impact on us. Ms. Bixby is an homage to those teachers who make our family, school and life feel okay,” said Van Toffler, CEO, Gunpowder & Sky. Walden Media has a long tradition of producing great adaptations of children’s books such as Wonder and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, so we knew they were the perfect partner for this story.”
Frank Smith, president and CEO of Walden Media added, “Walden Media is thrilled to be partnering with Gunpowder & Sky to bring this unique and uplifting story to life as a feature film. Ms. Bixby’s Last Day celebrates the human spirit, those teachers who shape and inspire us and the kindness and sense of adventure of three best friends. Walden Media is proud to take part in adapting this award-winning book, published by Walden Pond Press, a joint imprint of Walden Media and HarperCollins.”
This news follows a series of Gunpowder & Sky acquisitions including the company nabbing the domestic rights to Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell,” starring Elisabeth Moss, and most recently a partnership announcement with Zelda Williams to adapt her short film, “Shrimp” into a series.