Feature-length Chicken Soup for the Soul film in the works

Michelle Clancy | 12-08-2013

Alcon Entertainment has acquired film and television rights to the Chicken Soup for the Soul brand, and is planning to finance and produce a feature film that shares the brand's name.

The Chicken Soup for the Soul film will be produced by Alcon and Kerner Entertainment. The latter's principal, Jordan Kerner, was also responsible for the Smurfs 1&2, Charlotte's Web, George of the Jungle and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Writer Brandon Camp (Love Happens) will write the screenplay, which is inspired by a variety of characters and stories from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Warner Bros will release via Alcon's output deal.

"We're thrilled to partner with Chicken Soup for the Soul, the world renowned brand that has become synonymous with inspiration and life improvement and has touched hundreds of millions of readers through the power of storytelling," said Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. "The Chicken Soup for the Soul series lends itself perfectly to a fictional narrative that will inspire, entertain and intrigue."

Kerner added: "I have so much respect for the brand Bill Rouhana has built and continues to build and accelerate at Chicken Soup for the Soul. It is based on inspiration from true life stories, an inspiration which is much needed in the world today, as well as a set of beliefs that I hold near and dear."