Hulu is nearing a deal for a straight-to-series order for “The Mysterious Benedict Society,” based on the best-selling young adult novel of the same name by Trenton Lee Stewart, TheWrap has learned.
The show will be written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the writers behind the “Ride Along” film franchise.
“The Mysterious Benedict Society” is described as the tale of four gifted orphans who are recruited by an eccentric benefactor to go on a secret mission. Placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, they must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications, while creating a new sort of family along the way.
Sonar Entertainment will co-produce with 20th Century Fox TV (part of Disney TV Studios) and Jamie Tarses’ Sony Pictures Television-based production company Fanfare. Manfredi and Hay will executive produce with Tarses (“Champaign ILL”) and Karen Kehela Sherwood (“A Beautiful Mind”).
“The Mysterious Benedict Society” will join Hulu’s existing slate of other YA drama, including the upcoming “Looking For Alaska” based on the best-selling John Green novel, “Marvel’s Runaways,” and “Light as a Feather.”
The original “The Mysterious Benedict Society” book was illustrated by Carson Ellis and published in 2007 by Little, Brown and Company.