‘Waldo’ will be found on the silver screen

Universal and Chris Meledandri’s family film unit, Illumination Entertainment, have acquired screen rights to turn the “Where’s Waldo?” book series into a live-action family film with strong global appeal.

According to Variety, Meledandri will produce.

Written and illustrated by Martin Handford, the “Waldo” books have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. The books contain complex, full-page illustrations of large crowd scenes in which the main character is somewhere hidden, dressed in a red-and-white shirt, a hat, glasses and a walking stick.

Handford’s business partner Mike Gornall will be involved in the filmmaking in a yet-to-be-named capacity.

The series launched in 1987 in the United Kingdom and was followed by a TV show, comic strip and videogames. Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.