Another day, another children's book series gets optioned for the big screen. This time out, it's Jim Benton who is the lucky man. According to Variety, his Franny K. Stein: Mad Scientist collection has just been bought by the company East of Doheny and the Gotham Group.

The series revolves around a peculiar little girl who also happens to be a scientist. East of Doheny founder Kelly Gonda will produce the film. She stated, "We were immediately attracted to Franny's hilarious, quirky girl mad scientist and the stories' positive themes. Franny's stories are essentially about being yourself and maintaining your individuality in a world that pushes for conformity."

The film will be animated. Production is to begin sometime this year.