film adaptation of the popular U.K. book series “Horrid Henry” is
just being released in Britain and Ireland, but the film’s director already has
thoughts of launching the movie in the U.S. “Some films are hard for an
American audience to get to grips with because we suffer from a common
language, but this one, I think it will work,” director Nick Moore said in
an interview this week. “I think, watching it, it isn’t so English that it
would be difficult for it to translate.”
Henry: The Movie,” in theaters Friday, is adapted from the works of
Francesca Simon, whose phenomenally successful series of Horrid Henry books has
made him the most popular literary character in Britain after boy wizard Harry
the sort of boy who constantly annoys almost everyone around him, particularly
his exasperated parents, then wonders why people are always on his case.
Moore — who
also directed 2008’s “Wild Child” and edited the BAFTA-winning and
Oscar-nominated 1997 British comedy, “The Full Monty” — said adapting
the popular series to the big screen came with great responsibility, especially
when he began casting the young actors.
The 3D film
follows Henry — known as the Lord High Majesty of the Purple Hand Gang — as he
tries to prevent the closing of his school. Henry is joined by popular
characters from the books including the bossy Moody Margaret and Perfect Peter,
his irritating younger brother, who seems to do everything right.
Stevenson, the 13-year-old who stars as Henry, said playing the troubled child
wasn’t too challenging.
said readers related to Henry because he’s just a normal guy.
Henry” book sales total 16 million, and the book series — which launched
in 1994 — has been transformed into a cartoon series, DVDs, a play and a
“Potter,” the first “Henry” film doesn’t follow the first
book; the script is a new one, and Moore says he wants to direct more of the