Walden Media bought the rights to a children's book trilogy (City of the Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, Forest of the Pygmies) by the Chilean author Isabel Allende.
Ms. Allende, a vigorous advocate of women's rights with a socialist background, seems like an odd match for Mr. Anschutz, a supporter of conservative causes who has been explicit in his desire to make what he considers moral movies. Cary Granat, a founder and the chief executive of Walden, said that Mr. Anschutz did not intervene in the decision-making at Walden Media. He said that to the company, Ms. Allende "is like a rock star." Her trilogy, which is about a boy and his archaeologist grandmother and their adventures in the Amazon, were a perfect fit for Walden Media.
"It gives an opportunity to tell something that is important to me, which is learning something from a grandparent," he went on. "And I think so many kids today have lost that ability to connect with the older generation."
Ms. Allende's books are published by HarperCollins, which also published the Narnia series. The first book in the trilogy, titled "City of the Beasts," will be produced by Barrie Osborne, who was also a producer of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
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