Canadian Firms Team For ‘Fruit’ Animated Series; Outpost VFX Hire In London; JoBlo YouTube Features Expansion — Global Briefs

By Andreas Wiseman


 Toronto production company Hawkeye Pictures and Ottawa’s Big Jump Entertainment are developing Brian Francis’s novel Fruit as an animated series. The novel was the runner-up for CBC’s Canada Reads in 2009. Set in 1984, Fruit follows the awkward misadventures of fat-and-fabulous 13-year-old Peter Paddington as he navigates life as a total outsider. Bullied everywhere, Peter has only two allies – his opinionated nipples who begin an unwelcome mentorship to help him survive junior high. Screenwriter/director Pat Mills (Guidance) is attached to adapt the novel into series. “We are thrilled to be working with Karen, Rick and the whole team at Big Jump, and with the amazing Pat Mills to bring Brian Francis’s funny and beautiful novel to the screen. This feels like the right time to introduce a whole new generation to the wonderful world of Peter Paddington,” said Hawkeye producers Sonya Di Rienzo and Aeschylus Poulos.