Warner Bros. at work on Encyclopedia Brown movie

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 1:00am

 If Hollywood can give us a movie based on Lego toys, it seems only right that we'd also get a movie about boy detective Encyclopedia Brown (you know, for balance).

Studio Warner Bros. is in the final stages of nabbing the rights to the beloved children's book series for a big screen adaptation. The project would be produced by Roy Lee and Howard David Deutsch, the latter of whom previously tried to adapt the stories for TV in 1989, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Created by Donald J. Sobol, the adventures of Leroy Brown, whose nickname was Encyclopedia, are multi-generational. Sobol wrote 28 books between the series' debut in 1963 and his death at age 87 in July 2012.

Each book had 10 stories featuring mysteries 10-year-old Leroy had taken on. As the son of Idaville's police chief, Encyclopedia Brown has sleuthing skills so sharp he can help his dad solve cases.

THR notes that there have been a number of attempts to bring Encyclopedia Brown to life at the movies, but none panned out. Warner Bros. is taking another stab at the concept now, and is looking for writers who can adapt the books for the screen, potentially kicking off a franchise.


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