Filmlance International, the production house behind the acclaimed Scandinavian thriller Bron (The Bridge), has entered a licensing agreement with Moomin Characters and Bulls Licensing to develop a new animated series based on the popular Moomins created by Tove Jansson.
Filmlance managing director Lars Blomgren will executive produce the series, working closely with Tove’s niece Sophia Jansson. Marika Makaroff will act as creative director, while Oscar winner Steve Box (Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) is attached to direct. Box will also lead the writing team, joined by Emmy and BAFTA-nominated Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler (Peter Rabbit, Danger Mouse) and story consultant Laurie Hutzler.
Cate Elliott (Charlie and Lola, Me & My Monsters) and BAFTA winner John Woolley (Shaun the Sheep) will produce. Distribution will be handled by Endemol Shine International.
Created by Tove Jansson in 1945, the Moomins book series has produced 13 titles and 73 comic strips published in over 40 countries. The most recent film adaptation, Moomins on the Riviera (2015) received widespread critical acclaim. The characters have also inspired three TV adaptations, most recently in 1990.