Widow’s Broom is Set to Come to the Big Screen

Sam Weisman is to direct comedy “Widow’s Broom” for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. Chris Van Allsburg (“The Polar Express,” “Jumanji,” “Zathura“) is adapting the feature from his book of the same name.

The story revolves around a New England family who lose their father. When the widow stumbles upon a witch’s broom, it springs to life, sweeping away the neighbours, teaching the kids magic and helping to heal the family. But not all the neighbours are happy with this new magical utility.

The studio is looking at an early 2005 start date for the film.

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.

The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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