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Walden Media gets rights to “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

October 20th, 2010 by Paul Martin

When I was very young, my little sister recorded a film version of this story that was on TV.  She loved it, although my taste in film was changing toward much more high quality films.  News that Walden Media is going to be producing a new version of the book for the big screen is a blessing to me, as I think the story is good enough – the editing and pacing just needed to be tighter and faster at times.  Jokes would land in the other version, and then get dragged out, but Walden Media’s films don’t dwell on one thing for too long.

The story by Barbara Robinson originally appeared in McCall’s magazine in 1972; in book form it has sold more than 2.5 million copies domestically since its publication by HarperCollins.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” centers on half a dozen of the “worst kids in the history of the world,” who take over the town’s annual Christmas pageant with no one prepared for the havoc they wreak — nor the surprises they bring.

Walden CEO Michael Bostick will oversee along with Amanda Morgan Palmer. Gerald R. Molen is exec producing.

Walden is seeking a writer to adapt. The book was also adapted into a play and a TV movie in the 1980s.

Read more: Variety