Four Kids and It movie: Jacqueline Wilson on why she almost did not write sequel | Books | Entertainment

Back in 1902, Edith Nesbit published Five Children and It. The book of stories followed a group of Edwardian children who come across an ancient fairy called the Psammead. It grants wishes but still causes trouble for the kids.

Over a century later, children’s author Jacqueline Wilson penned a modern-day set sequel called Four Children and It.

And now that book has received a film adaptation called Four Kids and It, which is streaming on Sky Cinema and Now TV from this week.

But when Wilson was first approached to write a sequel to Five Children and It, she initially declined.

Writing in The Guardian in 2012, Wilson said how it had suddenly become popular to write sequels to much-loved classics like Sherlock Holmes and Treasure Island.

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The book has been renamed Four Kids and It for the movie.

It stars Russell Brand as Tristan Trent III, Paula Patton as Alice and Matthew Goode as David.

While singer Cheryl also features and Michael Caine voices It.

Four Kids and It was shot in Ireland from July 2018.

The last feature film adaptation of Five Children and It was made in 2004.

The film starred Zoë Wanamaker and Kenneth Branagh.

While Eddie Izzard voice Psammead.

Four Kids and It is streaming on Sky Cinema and Now TV now.

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