If you are anything like I was when I was younger, you are probably very, very familiar with the Chicken Soup for the Soul books – I’m pretty sure I had one for anything I could relate to.
I guess this is our lucky day because Alcon Entertainment (the producers that gave us The Blind Side) has acquired the rights to the Chicken Soup books – and not just for one medium, but two!
At the moment, it looks as though there is only a movie in the planning stage, but Alcon also has television rights.
According to Variety, Jordan Kerner from Kerner Entertainment as well as Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosgov from Alcon will be producing the film that will have Chicken Soup for the Soul in the title.
In a statement made on Friday Johnson and Kosove, they said:
“We’re thrilled to partner with ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul,’ the world renowned brand that has become synonymous with inspiration and life improvement and has touched hundreds of millions of readers through the power of storytelling. The ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series lends itself perfectly to a fictional narrative that will inspire, entertain and intrigue.”
Kerner also released a statement reading, “I have so much respect for the brand Bill Rouhana has built and continues to build and accelerate at Chicken Soup for the Soul. It is based on inspiration from true life stories, an inspiration which is much needed in the world today, as well as a set of beliefs that I hold near and dear.”
The screenplay will follow stories inspired by the books, and it will be written by Brandon Camp – who also wrote Love Happens; the film will be released by Warner Bros.
The current CEO of Chicken Soup, Bill Rouhana, is on board as an executive producer along with Ben Haber, and Tim Rouhana.
"On the 20th anniversary of our first book, I’m delighted to go back to my roots by adding movies and television to the variety of servings that Chicken Soup for the Soul offers. Our fans and readers trust us as their source for positive and moving stories and they’re hungry for more. It would be a disservice to them not to bring ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ to life in film. I know that Alcon, Kerner and Camp are the right partners to make that happen,” said Bill Rouhana in a statement.
Not much more is known about the film or any potential TV spinoffs.
Do you think turning the Chicken Soup for the Soul books into a film will work? How do you think they will mesh the stories together?