As part of the multi-year overall deal, animated specials and series based on Maurice Sendak’s books and illustrations will be produced exclusively for Apple TV+. The pact is the first of its kind for the non-profit foundation, which supports the late author’s artistic legacy. All projects will be overseen by Arthur Yorinks, a writer and long-time collaborator of Sendak’s, at his Night Kitchen Studios, which was founded last month.
Maurice Sendak Foundation president Lynn Caponera said, “We are delighted to be collaborating with Apple to bring the work of Maurice Sendak to screens around the world. Though most know him through his iconic books, Sendak’s legacy also resides in theatre, film, and tv, and this partnership with Apple will further the awareness of his unique genius.”
Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are has sold more than 20 million copies to date, and was adapted into a feature film in 2009. Other kid-focused titles from Sendak include In the Night Kitchen, Seven Little Monsters and Outside Over There. His books have been adapted into animation before, notably by Gene Deitch.
Apple TV+ launched in November, and has focused on various brands for its SVOD service. It partnered with WildBrain (then DHX Media) to produce exclusive new Peanuts content for the streamer. The agreement includes original series, specials and shorts based on the classic characters created by Charles M. Schulz.