The One and Only Ivan, a Newberry Medal award-winning children’s book by Katherine Applegate, is going to be a movie! Production for the live-action/CG hybrid adaptation has begun at Pinewood Studios outside London, and we’re so excited to learn more.
Here’s what we know so far:
- The One and Only Ivan is based on the true story of a uniquely talented gorilla named Ivan who shares a communal habitat with other animals at a suburban shopping mall. We’re so ready for this!
- The film will explore the importance of friendship and the place we call home.
- The film is directed by Thea Sharrock, has a screenplay by Mike White, and is produced by Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), the late Allison Shearmur (Solo: A Star Wars Story, Cinderella), and Brigham Taylor (Christopher Robin, The Jungle Book).
- The amazing cast includes Bryan Cranston, Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt, Indira Varma, and Eleanor Matsuura. Characters’ voices will feature Jolie, Sam Rockwell, Brooklynn Prince, Helen Mirren, and Danny DeVito. We can already tell the film is going to be epic.
This cast and production team are a dream come true for such an incredible story. We’re looking forward to seeing The One and Only Ivan come to life!