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Mr Men head for big screen - after studio deal is signed

Little Miss Hug recently created by Roger Hargreaves son Adam Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

After years of talk and anticipation, it seems the likes of Mr Tickle, Mr Bump and Little Miss Chatterbox will now grace the silver screen.

Fox Animation, the studio behind Ice Age and Rio, has signed a deal to make a film version starring the Mr Men and Little Miss characters.

No director or writer has been announced, but we do know it will be produced by Shawn Levy, who was behind the Night At The Museum series.

I loved reading these books as a kid, and now I love reading them to my own kids.

Their humour, wit and uniquely specific tone make this a truly classic series. I can't wait to help shepherd them to the big screen.

– Shawn Levy, producer

The books, created by Roger Hargreaves first went into print in 1971.

But they have not lost any of their popularity, with one being sold somewhere in the world every 2.5 seconds.

Joan Rivers' daughter sues clinic over death

Joan Rivers' daughter is suing the New York clinic where she suffered brain damage and died after a routine procedure.

Melissa Rivers is also suing the doctors who treated her mother before her death. In a statement she said she is filing the lawsuit so that no other family had to go through what she did.

Joan Rivers with her daughter Melissa Credit: Donna Ward/ABACAUSA.COM

Comedian Joan Rivers died last September aged 81 of brain damage due to lack of oxygen after she stopped breathing during an endoscopy days earlier.

The federal Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services cited the clinic for failing to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention.

Yorkville Endoscopy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The clinic could lose its Medicare accreditation.

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