FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--Atlanta Dr. Warren Woodruff has inked a multi-level development/production deal for his Baton LLC’s Independent Reader project, Dr. Fuddle and the Golden Baton, with producer/writing coach Ken Atchity (www.storymerchant.com). Woodruff is a long-time music instructor whose passion for classical music led to the conception of the story, which follows the adventures of five young teens aided by the redoubtable Dr. Fuddle (“Think Robin Williams!”) to retrieve the golden baton from the dark side using it for cacophony and chaos, and restore its rightful function of bringing harmony to the world. The franchise will include an interactive website, music, a live action/cgi theatrical feature film, educational TV series, and a line of elementary books, merchandising, in addition to the book itself.
Atchity will manage all phases of the project’s development and is already in discussions with a major music supervisor, as well as screenwriters for the development of the script. His movies include “Joe Somebody,” “Life or Something Like It,” “The Kennedy Detail,” “The Lost Valentine,” and Hysteria,” with others in development including “Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not!” (starring Jim Carrey). The novel itself may be released as an original ebook, though it is now being tracked by New York publishers. A consortium of Atlanta financers has provided the seed money, and will provide equity financing for the film. The project was brought to Atchity by Atlanta’s Mardeene Mitchell, who has worked with Woodruff on the original development of the project. She introduced him to Atchity at her Write the World in Atlanta conference in June of this year.
“My goal is to inspire a new generation to the wonders of classical music,” says Woodruff, who received his Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Miami School of Music; Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Piano Performance. “The story has elements of Willie Wonka,” Atchity said, “as well as Coraline, Harry Potter and C.S. Lewis' Narnia . But its foundation in the myth and history of music makes it truly original.” Inquiries: .DrK@storymerchant.com.