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Harold and the Purple Crayon

August 2, 2024
1hr 32min
Status: upcoming

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Harold and the Purple Crayon Movie Movie Details:

Based onHarold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Country United States
Language English
GenreAnimation, Family, Fantasy
Release DateAugust 2, 2024
Running Time1hr 32min
Age ratingPG
CastZachary Levi
Lil Rel Howery
Zooey Deschanel
Directed by Carlos Saldanha
Written byDavid Guion
Michael Handelman
Produced byJohn Davis
Cinematography by Gabriel Beristain
Edited by Tia Nolan
Music byBatu Sener
Production CompaniesColumbia Pictures
Davis Entertainment
Distributor Sony Pictures Releasing

Harold and the Purple Crayon Movie Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Zachary Levi
  • Lil Rel Howery
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Ravi Patel
  • Camille Guaty
  • Tanya Reynolds
  • Pete Gardner
  • Hillary Harley
  • Wes Jetton


A boy named Harold embarks on a magical mission with the help of his purple crayon.

About Harold and the Purple Crayon Movie Movie:

Harold and the Purple Crayon is an upcoming American live-action/animated fantasy film directed by Carlos Saldanha from a screenplay by David Guion and Michael Handelman, based on the 1955 children’s book of the same name by Crockett Johnson. It will star Zachary Levi in the titular role, with Lil Rel Howery, Benjamin Bottani, Jemaine Clement, Tanya Reynolds, and Zooey Deschanel in supporting roles. The film serves as a sequel to the original book, where, after the adventurous Harold grows up with his magical purple crayon and draws himself off the book’s pages and into the physical world, he finds that he has a lot to learn about real life.

In 1992, John B. Carls formed the family-film production company, Wild Things Productions, with Maurice Sendak, writer and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are. They acquired rights to other children’s books, including Harold and the Purple Crayon and whose author Crockett Johnson, was a mentor to Sendak. Sendak and Denise Di Novi were producers.

About 1994, Michael Tolkin was brought in to write the script and Henry Selick was to direct, but Selick moved on to James and the Giant Peach for Walt Disney Pictures.

Carls picked Spike Jonze to develop the film, a combination of live action and animation. A budget of $25 million to almost $50 million was mentioned in the press. David O. Russell was brought in to help with rewrites.

Multiple screenplays, casting, storyboards, and animation work started but Jonze had to abandon the project after more than a year working on it when new management at TriStar Pictures stopped it, two months before principal photography was to begin.

In February 2010, it was reported that Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment were developing a CGI-animated film adaptation of Harold and the Purple Crayon, to be produced by Smith and James Lassiter, and written by Josh Klausner.

In December 2016, it was reported that the film would also be written by Dallas Clayton. The film would still be produced by Columbia Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

On February 1, 2021, it was reported that Zachary Levi would star in the film, though it was not stated what role he would play.

It was also announced that Carlos Saldanha was attached to direct the new film, and that David Guion and Michael Handelman replaced Klausner and Clayton as screenwriters, with John Davis producing under his Davis Entertainment banner.

Lil Rel Howery was announced as part of the cast on January 11, 2022. Zooey Deschanel and Ravi Patel were added in February 2022. Camille Guaty was cast on March 1, 2022. Tanya Reynolds and Pete Gardner joined in May 2022.

Around the beginning of 2022, live-action filming was taking place in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Little has been announced about the plot or what roles the actors play.

Sony Pictures showed footage from the film as part of an upcoming releases sizzle reel at CinemaCon in April 2022.

Harold and the Purple Crayon is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on August 2, 2024. It was originally scheduled to be released on January 27, 2023, and June 30, 2023.