Nick Stars Breanna Yde and Casey Simpson, along with Russell Roberts,
A.J. Luis Rivera Jr. and Klarke Pipkin Begin Production This Week in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nickelodeon announced today the start of production for a brand-new
original TV movie, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, based on
author Chris Grabenstein’s acclaimed children’s book of the same name
about a group of friends whose overnight stay in their town’s new
hi-tech library turns into a daring, dangerous adventure of escape. The
90-minute, live-action TV movie stars Breanna Yde (Nickelodeon’s School
of Rock), Casey Simpson (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn),
Russell Roberts (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) and newcomers AJ
Rivera and Klarke Pipkin. Production is underway in Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada, with a premiere set for 2017. The book, originally
published in 2013 by Random House Children’s Books, boasts a 94-week run
on the New York Times Best-Seller list.
“We cannot wait to bring author Chris Grabenstein’s imaginative world to
life with kids’ favorite Nick stars at the center of all the fun,” said
Michael Sammaciccia, Senior Vice President, Development and Production,
Nickelodeon Original Movies. “This is an epic, action adventure story
that taps into every child’s passion for books, games and technology.
It’s a movie for kids, families and teachers alike.”
Said Grabenstein, “I’m excited to see what Nickelodeon does with Mr.
Lemoncello! So many kids, teachers, and librarians have been asking me,
‘Where’s the Lemoncello movie?’ Now I can tell them it will be on Nick!”
World-renowned gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello (Russell Roberts) has built
his latest creation–a new state-of-the-art library filled with
whimsical and eccentric rooms, where hardcover books fly kids to shelves
in the sky, and massive doors open into fantastical worlds. Kyle Keeley,
Lemoncello’s biggest fan, is chosen to be one of the first to experience
the fun, along with his best friend Akimi, a bookworm named Sierra
(Klarke Pipkin), a goofball named Peckelman (A.J. Luis Rivera Jr.), his
rival Chiltington (Ty Nicolas Consiglio), and others. The kids must use
their minds to complete riddles and collect clues that lead them out of
this unique playground of imagination. When excitement turns to
jeopardy, this world of wonder begins to spiral out of control as
literary characters run amok and chaos ensues. It’s up to the kids to
make everything right again or else they won’t be the only ones escaping.
Nickelodeon’s original TV movies are a key part of the network’s content
mix, creating vehicles for Nick’s stars to be seen in new and different
roles and stories. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library joins
Nick’s original TV movie slate, which includes the highly anticipated Legends
of the Hidden Temple, an action-adventure movie based on the
network’s classic 90s game show, premiering in November; and Rufus 2, a
sequel to Nick’s hit TV movie, featuring Henry Danger star Jace
Norman and scheduled to air in 2017.
Join in on the adventure by using #Lemoncello and following
@NickelodeonTV on Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter for movie updates and
Chris Grabenstein’s novels with Random House Children’s Books have more
than one million copies in print and hundreds of weeks combined on the New
York Times bestseller list. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library has
spent nearly 100 weeks on the bestseller list, received nominations for
41 state award lists, and is published in 18 countries. Grabenstein’s
additional middle-grade novels include Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Olympics, The Island of Dr. Libris, and the forthcoming WELCOME
TO WONDERLAND: Home Sweet Motel.
Jim Head, Scott McAboy (Splitting Adam) and Michael Sammaciccia
will serve as executive producers. Amy Sydorick will serve as producer.
The TV movie was written by Brian Jarvis & Jim Freeman and Alex Reid,
and will be directed by Scott McAboy.
Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one
entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by
putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes
television programming and production in the United States and around
the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature
films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than
90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable
network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com.
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of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).
Ariana Urbont, 310-752-8079
Random House Children’s Books