Nevision has optioned the rights to M.G. Leonard’s trilogy of Beetle children’s books (Beetle Boy, Beetle Queen and Battle Of The Beetles) with plans to adapt them as a live-action TV series. The deal was brokered by Kirsty McLachlan at literary agency DGA, who represent Leonard.
The trilogy begins with thirteen-year-old Darkus Cuttle’s search for his kidnapped father, leading him to discover a mountain of extraordinary beetles and pitting him against the mad-scientist of the fashion world Lucretia Cutter, an haute-couture villainess with an alarming interest in insects.
Author M.G. Leonard will be heavily involved with the adaptation and is attached to pen the script. Ceri Barnes is the Development Executive, while Nigel Pickard will executive produce. The books are published by Chicken House in the UK and Scholastic in the US, Canada and Australia. Beetle Boy was published in 2016, followed by Beetle Queen in 2017 and Battle of the Beetles in 2018.
“Ever since I was little I’ve been frightened by Creepy Crawlies. Then I found out that beetles can be pretty, brightly coloured- even gold. Others are as strong as the Incredible Hulk”, Leonard said in a statement. “Some shoot acid out of their butts, and all beetles have wings! My fear had stopped me from seeing how fantastic beetles were, and so I decided to write an adventure with beetles as the good guys. I am thrilled to be now taking this to the next level, writing scripts that bring my characters to life for the small screen.”
“The Beetle trilogy is one of the most compelling and brilliant children’s book series currently on the market”, added Nevision board member and former Director of Programmes at ITV and Controller of Children’s at the BBC. “Maya’s writing is fast-paced and filled to the brim with villains, heroes and adventures. It will make an epic on-screen experience which will appeal to both young viewers and their families.”