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'Chicken Soup for the Soul' movie in the works

Image courtesy of Alcon Entertainment.
Image courtesy of Alcon Entertainment.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Alcon Entertainment says it has acquired the film and television rights to the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" brand.

The announcement was made Friday by Alcon co-founders and co-chief executive officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

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Alcon is set to finance and produce a major feature film that shares the brand's name, "Chicken Soup for the Soul."

Also producing will be The Kerner Entertainment Co. and its principal Jordan Kerner, along with Johnson and Kosove.

Writer Brandon Camp is penning the screenplay, which is inspired by a variety of characters and stories from the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series of books.

Warner Bros. will release the film 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," Johnson and Kosgove said in a joint statement Friday. "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."

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The "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series of books was created by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in 1993.

"On the 20th anniversary of our first book, I'm delighted to go back to my roots by adding movies and television to the variety of servings that 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' offers. Our fans and readers trust us as their source for positive and moving stories and they're hungry for more. It would be a disservice to them not to bring 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' to life in film. I know that Alcon, Kerner and Camp are the right partners to make that happen," said Rouhana, chief executive officer of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" brand.

Alcon's movies include "The Blind Side," "Dolphin Tale" and "P.S. I Love You."

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