Locksmith Animation is to bring The Empty Stocking series to the screen.

Fresh from inking its new distribution partnership with Warner Bros, the relatively new British animation studio Locksmith has now got busy acquiring some books to turn into films.

It’s done a deal for the rights to Richard Curtis’ children’s books, that go under The Empty Stocking umbrella. There’s a series of books it has the rights to under the deal, and the plan is to make an animated feature that’s heading to a digital platform for distribution. Couldn’t tell you which one as of yet.

Nonetheless, this further bolsters the Locksmith slate, at a point where it’s heading into the final strait on its maiden movie Ron’s Gone Wrong. That’s a film that was originally set to be distributed by Fox, but now comes under Disney, with a release planned at the end of the year.

In further good news for the studio, DreamWorks Animation veteran Bonnie Arnold – whose credits include the How To Train Your Dragon movies, amongst others – is joining the studio to help oversee The Empty Stocking project.

More as we hear it, of course.

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