From 1994 to 1997, Ms. Frizzle is a character who initially appears in the TV animated adaptation of the children’s book “The Magic School Bus” on the PBS channel. The voice of Ms. Frizzle in the show was provided by Lily Tomlin. Next, there was a game adaptation and the voice of Ms. Frizzle in the game was from Tina Marie Goff. Now, Elizabeth Banks is set to star as Ms. Frizzle in the live-action adaptation of the TV animated series
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Magic School Bus” will be adapted to the live-action feature film. Its main star — Ms. Valerie Frizzle — will be portrayed by Elizabeth Banks, 46. Ms. Frizzle is a peculiar and brave science educator.
The live-action adaptation is based on the well known Scholastic children’s book series of the same name and follows wacky educator Ms. Frizzle and her students on their field trips in a supernatural yellow school bus. This live-action film marks the first big-screen existence in the 26-year history of the franchise.
Bank’s production company, Brownstone Productions, will build up the film alongside Marc Platt Productions, Universal Pictures, and Scholastic Entertainment.
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 dayScholastic Entertainment producer Iole Lucchese said in a statement
Scholastic Entertainment producer Iole Lucchese provided an announcement that they are charmed to enliven the famous Ms. Frizzle and her enthusiasm for wisdom and experience in a new manner that motivates the up and coming age of children to explore science and supports the devoted educators who help make science genuine and available for young students consistently.
Also, the main star, Banks, will act as a producer on the film alongside Max Handelman for Brownstone, Iole Lucchese, and Caitlin Friedman for Scholastic Entertainment, and Marc Platt and Adam Siegel for Marc Platt Productions.
A release date for the live-action adaptation has not been reported.
The Magic School Bus was adapted into an instructive PBS animated show in 1994 and was based on the book series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen.
The TV series was animated and had the vocal performance from Lily Tomlin as the first voice of Ms. Frizzle, broadcast for 18 consecutive years in the U.S., and has been airing in over 100 nations throughout the globe.
In 2017, Netflix debuted a sequel to the animated show, “The Magic School Bus: Rides Again” which included Kate McKinnon as the voice of educator Fiona Frizzle.
Fiona, who is the sister of Ms. Frizzle, displayed the same shenanigans with the same comedic tone and educational science lessons as the first ’90s adaptation.
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