Following his work with The Mighty Boosh and his intriguing dalliance with a big screen Paddington Bear movie it appears Paul King has found his next project.

Eva Ibbotson’s book Island of the Aunts is the material King is working on currently, the children’s book appears to have a nicely anarchic twist to it. The NYT has this summary:

When the kindly old aunts decide that they need help caring for creatures who live on their hidden island, they know that adults can’t be trusted. What they need are a few special children who can keep a secret-a secret as big as a magical island. And what better way to get children who can keep really big secrets, than to kidnap them!

Deadline report that King is directing the BBC Films project from a script by Enda Walsh whose work with Steve McQueen on Hunger was well received, though Chatroom, the play made into a film by Hideo Nakata last year which Walsh wrote, did not fare as well. However the main draw is King, whose work was last seen on the BBC with Come Fly With Me with Matt Lucas and David Walliams, which was Little British Airways to most casual observers.

Sounds fine, and I’m very interested, I just wish I was writing about some movement on a film about this little fella,