We can’t contain our excitement at this news!

You know those much loved books on the shelf with the well worn pages? The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk Of The Faraway Tree and Up The Faraway Tree. Remember those?

Silky the fairy, Moonface, Dame Washalot and Saucepan Man. Do they ring a bell? Yeah!

We are so excited to hear that Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree books are being adapted for cinema for the first time.

The books are being developed for a live action film version by Sam Mendes’ production company, Neal Street Productions.

As a child I was captivated by The Faraway Tree books, and the magical worlds created by Enid Blyton,” said Neal Street Productions’ Pippa Harris.

“Re-reading the books today with my daughter, they completely retain their power to enchant. To be able to adapt these books for the big screen and introduce them to a new audience is a great honour.”

Marlene Johnson, head of the Enid Blyton Estate, said: “Enid Blyton was a passionate advocate of children’s storytelling, and The Magic Faraway Tree is a fantastic example of her creative imagination.

“It’s a much loved title, so we’re very excited to announce we’ve signed an option agreement for development with Neal Street Productions.

“Many generations have grown up with The Magic Faraway Tree and today’s news provides a great chance to share the wonder of these stories through a new medium.”

Best. news. ever! I can’t wait to take my children to see this. I am going to hunt out the book and start reading it from scratch. With the kids, of course!

Are you excited? Share your thoughts below.

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  • Loved reading Enid Blyton’s books when I was growing up – my imagination soared and I was one of the Famous Five or one of the characters in the Magic Faraway Tree [and the Faraway Tree could be in any country I wanted it to be].
    I think it will be hard to translate this to a movie – and the other problem is – that the child’s imagination will no longer be involved. Therein lies a problem.


  • Hmmm it’ll be interesting to see how they adapt it to the screen I’m reserving judgment


  • Just love these books as a child


  • I’m a little over excited about this


  • How very exciting. I adored these books as a kid. I am actually surprised it has taken so long to make them movies (maybe difficulty in getting the rights?).


  • Wow how exciting. Brings back memories of my childhood


  • Very excited! I just loved these books as a very young girl. Very interested to see how they are adapted.


  • my fav enid blyton books besides galliannos circus and the wishing chair..perfect kids bedtime stories.


  • Let’s hope they treat the books with respect to the time they were written and not try to modernise the characters too much. Looking forward to seeing the outcome.


  • loved Enid Blyton – wishing chair and famous five


  • OMG we were just reminiscing about these books yesterday…..I AM SOOOO EXCITED!!! To be honest I feel like Dame Washalot everyday!!


  • My favourite was the wishing chair.


  • wow! i had quite a few books from enid blyton. i loved reading them at my library. very exciting news!


  • Great news. I loved Enid Blyton books as a kid. I can’t wait to see them.


  • oh wow this is brilliant news, I love these stories as a little girl – what a beautiful thing to be now able to share these with my daughters


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