EXCLUSIVE: In a highly competitive situation, Imagine Kids+Family has secured the rights to filmed content for Ali Standish’s upcoming multi-book series. The Unlikely Tales of Baskerville Hall, which traces the imagined origin story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional characters, to their development as a television series that builds an integrated Arthur Conan Doyle universe encompassing all of his works.
The series follows a young Arthur Conan Doyle who leaves his family to attend Baskerville Hall, a school for the extraordinarily gifted, where he will seek to solve many mysteries with the help of his new classmates and teachers. Here he will meet the characters who will become the inspiration for his many famous novels, including Professor Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and friends like James Moriarty. At Baskerville Hall, Arthur uncovers a mystery that will lead him on an epic adventure and will be the springboard for the creation of a far-reaching and interconnected Conan Doyle universe.
“The characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are some of the most compelling and enduring to ever be put on paper. What drew us to this series of books was the creative twist of putting the young Conan Doyle in the story, showing how his teachers and friends formed the basis of his life’s work,” said Stephanie Sperber, president of Imagine. Kids+Family. “We see this as an opportunity to build a world that connects Sherlock and all other ACD novels into a single interconnected world for children and adults around the world.”
The Unlikely Tales of Baskerville Hall is a collaboration between Working Partners, part of the Coolabi Group of companies, and The Conan Doyle Estate, the official custodians of the works of the Arthur Conan Doyle franchise.
London-based Coolabi Productions, the sister production company of Working Partners, will co-develop and co-produce the series adaptation alongside Imagine Kids+Family.
“Working Partners is excited to be tasked with working with the Conan Doyle Estate to develop a world where audiences can learn the genesis of existing characters, as well as new and diverse characters; making Sir Arthur Conan Doyle more relevant than ever to a 21St. 21st century audience,” said Chris Snowdon, CEO of Working Partners. “Imagine Kids+Family, with such a rich narrative history, are the perfect partner to bring this new Conan Doyle canon to life.”
Chelsea Eberly of The Greenhouse literary agency authorized three books in The Unlikely Tales of Baskerville Hall by Standish to HarperCollins in a precautionary agreement. The first book is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2023, the second book in the series is scheduled for release in the fall of 2024, and the third book is scheduled for release in the fall of 2025.
“Brimming with rich mystery, puzzle-filled plotlines, and classic and beloved characters reimagined for the contemporary reader, this captivating world is perfectly crafted for the mid-grade audience, and we are so excited to launch this publishing franchise that will appeal to a new generation of readers. detectives and adventurers,” said Alyson Day, executive editor of HarperCollins Children’s Books.
As one of the most famous fictional characters in the world, Sherlock Holmes has appeared in some 250 movies or television shows to date. For the first time, Baskerville Hall brings together characters from all of Conan Doyle’s works of fiction, from Sherlock Holmes to The lost Worldto his many other adventure stories, to create an interconnected “ACD Universe”.
“We have long discussed the idea of bringing all the brilliant characters of our great ancestor, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, not just Sherlock Holmes, into the spotlight, effectively creating a new fictional universe,” said Richard Pooley, great-grandson of Doyle. Sir Arthur. Conan Doyle. “A dream came true when Working Partners proposed that the Conan Doyle Estate work with them to create The Improbable Tales of Baskerville Hall.”
CBS currently has a series in development based on Conan Doyle’s universe of Sherlock Holmes characters. watsonfrom Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and CBS Studios, is a medical drama with detective elements written by Craig Sweeny.