Feast your eyes on the first poster for the forthcoming adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic children's tale, Le Petit Prince.
The animated film is being produced by Paramount, directed by Mark Osborne (who's resume includes the first Kung Fu Panda film) and voiced by an impressive cast that reportedly includes James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Giamatti and Albert Brooks.
Few children's books are as universally beloved as Le Petit Prince, so it'll be interesting to see what direction the film takes with respect to its aesthetic and overall feel. This could be all too easy to screw up – so fingers and toes crossed, everybody, for a faithful adaptation.
And on the subject of Le Petit Prince: I recently learned that Saint-Exupéry's iconic French tale was actually written and published in New York. It's true! Via the Morgan Library and Museum, where, through April 27th, visitors can explore an exhibition featuring 25 of the original manuscript's pages, "replete with crossed-out words, cigarette burns, and coffee stains – and all forty-three of the earliest versions of drawings for the book":
...this French tale of an interstellar traveler who comes to Earth in search of friendship and understanding was written and first published in New York City, during the two years the author spent here at the height of the Second World War.
As he prepared to leave the city to rejoin the war effort as a reconnaissance pilot, Saint-Exupéry appeared at his friend Silvia Hamilton's door wearing his military uniform. "I'd like to give you something splendid," he said, "but this is all I have." He tossed a rumpled paper bag onto her entryway table. Inside were the manuscript and drawings for The Little Prince, which the Morgan acquired from her in 1968.