According to Variety, Fox 2000 has won approval from children's book author Beverly Cleary to develop a film based on her classic kidlit character Ramona Quimby.

The licensing deal between Fox 2000 and Harper Collins Children's Books, both of which are owned by News Corp., was inked after a proposal from Denise DiNovi Prods. for adapting the Ramona series, which Cleary began more than 50 years ago.

Cleary's first book, "Henry Huggins," was published in 1950.

The Ramona Quimby character first appeared as the little sister in 1955's "Beezus and Ramona," and soon emerged as Cleary's most popular creation, getting top billing in seven more titles.

Brian B.