The Berenstain Bears Get a Film Deal

Fun fact: Since 1962, there have been more than 300 Berenstain Bears books. Notable titles include The Berenstain Bears' New Baby (1974), The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV (1984), The Berenstain Bears on the Moon (1985) and The Berenstain Bears Go to Hollywood (1999).

That last one, actually, turned out to be prescient.

Walden Media (the folks who brought you The Chronicles of Narnia) has acquired the film rights to The Berenstain Bears, and they even have a director signed on: Night at the Museum's Shawn Levy. Levy spoke to the press about the project, which he seems to be taking very seriously:

"To stand that kind of test of time is pretty formidable. People read [the books] as kids and can now read them to their kids. Any piece of culture that proves that enduring has something special in its DNA." (Special, like the talking-bear gene?)

Levy stressed that he doesn't want the movie to make fun of the Bear family; he'd rather do a fish-out-of-water comedy where the Bears show up in the real world, a la Will Ferrell's character in Elf. Or, in his words, "I'd like the film to be un-ironic about its family connections but have a wry comedic sensibility that isn't oblivious to the fact that they're bears."

You know, just like in the book The Berenstain Bears Have a Wry Comic Sensibility That Isn't Oblivious to the Fact That They're Bears.

The filmmakers plan on using computer animation for the characters, although they'll "embrace the core design elements" (like Mama Bear's weird hats, perhaps?).

Here's what we really want to know: when Brother and Sister Bear enter the "real world," will they get to have actual names?

Did you grow up reading the Berenstain Bears books? Chime in below!

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