Elizabeth Banks will star in the new live action The Magic School Bus film. She will also produce, along with with Max Handelman for Brownstone Productions, as well as Scholastic Entertainment's president and chief strategy officer Iole Lucchese and senior VP and general manager Caitlin Friedman, and Marc Platt and Adam Siegel for Marc Platt Productions. Alison Small will serve as executive producer for Brownstone Productions. Thats a lot of people working to get this one to the screen. It certainly has taken The Magic School Bus a long time to get to the big screen, with the popular 90's book series and cartoon being an important part of many a child's upbringing. The casting was reported on by Variety.
"We are delighted to bring to life the iconic Ms. Frizzle and her zest for knowledge and adventure in a fresh new way that inspires the next generation of kids to explore science and supports the dedicated teachers who help make science real and accessible for young learners every day," Lucchese said in a statement. In the original Magic School Bus animated show, Ms. Frizzle was voiced by Lily Tomlin. A relaunch of the series was put on Netflix in 2017, featuring Kate McKinnon as Frizzle's sister Fiona. Universal is hoping the staying power of the brand can lead to a new children's franchise.
And why couldn't it? I don't know anyone older than 35 that doesn't have a history with The Magic School Bus in some way, and they all pass it down to their kids. It is a rare beloved property that nobody can really say a bad word about it. This should be an easy win for Universal, as long as they don't mess with what works about it. Don't talk to kids like they are idiots, and the bus will be operational for years to come.