One of literature’s most famous kid detectives may be coming to the big screen.
Warner Bros. Studios are currently in negotiations to create a movie version of the popular children’s books starring Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown. The film would be produced by Howard David Deutsch, who holds the rights to any possible movie or TV adaptation, and Roy Lee.
The series, which was written by Donald J. Sobol, first appeared on the scene in 1963 with the publication of “Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective.” The books were divided into stories in which Encyclopedia hears of a mystery and then announces, by the end of the narrative, that he has arrived at a solution. Readers who haven’t figured out the answer for themselves can flip to the end of the book, where the detail that tipped off Encylopedia is explained.
Encyclopedia, so nicknamed because of his vast knowledge, is also the son of the town’s chief of police and is friends with Sally Kimball, who serves as his bodyguard.
The books were previously adapted into a 1989 HBO series produced by Deutsch which starred Scott Bremner as Encyclopedia.