‘Aladdin’ Scribe John August to Write ‘Toto’ Musical For Warner Animation

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‘Aladdin’ Scribe John August to Write ‘Toto’ Musical For Warner Animation
Exclusive: Aladdin screenwriter John August has been set to write Toto, an animated musical for the Warner Animation Group. Pic is based on the book Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz, written by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Emma Chichester.

Jared Stern’s A Stern Talking To is attached to produce. Toto tells the Wizard of Oz story from the point of view of Dorothy’s dog.

August has a strong track record in writing fantastical movies, co-writing with director Guy Ritchie the Aladdin live action film that grossed $1 billion worldwide last year, and before that films that include Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Nines. Toto becomes the second high-profile musical for August, with the Grease prequel Summer Nights in development at Paramount Players.

August is also the author of the international best-selling middle grade fantasy trilogy of novels Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire,
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