Posted on June 26, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Magic School Bus is making the leap from page and small screen to big screen.

Deadline reports that Universal, Brownstone Productions, and Marc Platt are developing a feature live-action hybrid movie based on the popular children’s series.

Elizabeth Banks, who co-founded Brownstone Productions, will play Ms. Frizzle, the teacher who takes her class on all sorts of scientific adventures thanks to a (duh) magical school bus.

This isn't the first time Banks has played a memorable literary character — she took on the role of Effie Trinket in the Hunger Games movies.

Author Joanna Cole and illustrator Bruce Degen have sold more than 80 million copies of the series, according to Deadline.

You can read more about past Magic School Bus adaptations and the team behind this upcoming one in Deadline.

And in other youth-lit adaptation news — you can now actually call the members of The Baby-Sitters Club (yes, that link includes an actual phone line); the Netflix adaptation of Ann M. Martin's beloved series premieres July 3.

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