Sweet Valley High is getting a movie!

Praise be! Francine Pascal’s teen book series Sweet Valley High is finally heading to the big screen.
The Sweet Valley High movie adaptation has been in the works for a while now but it’s now looking like a sure thing with writers Kiwi Smith (Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You) and Harper Dill on board to pen the adventures of  twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. The young adult book series wooed a generation of readers who devoured Pascal’s 603 ghost-written novels, published between 1983 and 2003, along with a 90s TV series.

While we wait for the bell to ring once again at Sweet Valley High, how about a movie reboot for these classics?

Deltora Quest

deltora quest
Source: OLM, Inc.

Aussie author Emily Rodda’s 15-book children’s adventure series was made into a Japanese anime TV show in 2010, but surely it’s time for Lief, Barda and Jasmine to battle the evil Shadow Lord in an action-packed movie? We’ll wait.

Calvin and Hobbs

calvin hobbs
Source: Andrew McMeel Publishing

It’s hard to believe this popular and enduring American comic strip and book series hasn’t been turned into a movie. What’s the hold-up? Creator Bill Watterson has said he’s not keen for an animated movie version.  Regardless, fans (read: WE) are desperate to see mischievous 6 year old Calvin go on a big screen adventure with his love-hate classmate Susie Derkins and sarcastic stuffed tiger.


Source: Flying Bark Productions

Anna and Barbara Fienberg’s much-loved Aussie children’s book and ABC TV series about Jack and heroic gnome, Tashi is ripe for a film adaptation. It has it all - giants, princesses, genies, kidnappers, ghosts, demons, witches, magicians, dragons - and tons of mystery and magic.

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