A film adaptation of children’s fantasy Nullaboo Hullabaloo is in development

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Fleur Ferris’s Nullaboo Hullabaloo will be adapted into a feature film.

The adaptation of the 2019 best-selling children’s book will be developed by a tri-party collaboration between the USA, South Korea and Australia.

The book option deal was struck between Jay Ahn from MBL Media (Korea) and author Fleur Ferris, who is represented by Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown. Jay will lead the project after his various successes with animation along with Tristan Barr and David Gim from Continuance Pictures producing their first animation with development to start immediately. Astro-Nomical Entertainment based in Burbank, will closely work together as a sister company of MBL Korea, being involved in development and production for the IP.

First published in 2019, Nullaboo Hullabaloo follows Janomi the fairy that is forbidden to talk to humans, but when her grandfather, the king of the fairy colony, is captured by silver spiders, she desperately needs help. She places her trust in ten-year-old country kid Gemma and tells her she MUST keep the fairies’ existence a secret. But when Gemma’s school rival, Nina, steals the secretly recorded footage of Janomi and uploads it onto YouTube, a media frenzy explodes in sleepy Nullaboo.

Nullaboo Hullabaloo is illustrated by Perth-born Briony Stewart.

“It’s a fun, magical, action-adventure story that shows what could happen if fairies were discovered, but it also so much more.” says Fleur Ferris. “This story shows how dangerous one ill-intended person can be to the masses if they are in a position of influence.” .

Continuance Pictures recent feature film Subject was set to be release late 2020 but has been postponed due to coronavirus. Subject follows the success of Tristan Barr’s one-shot film Watch the Sunset which had one of the best Australian releases on streaming platform Stan and was also named one of Cinema Australia’s Top 5 Films of the year.

“As the productions of our live-action have slowed with COVID-19, we are excited to be taking a different direction in the safe hands of Jay Ahn.” says Barr. 

“This is the first of many Korean projects I plan to bring to Australia as there is untapped market of quality practitioners” Gim added.

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