50 years to the month since Mister Ed first aired on CBS, a big-screen adaptation is set to bring the talking equus back to life.

Fox 2000 announced today that it has purchased the rights to a cinematic adaptation of the classic TV show, to be produced by Jim Mahoney and David Friendly’s Friendly Films.


No writer or director is yet attached to the live-action family film, which Fox 2000's Carla Hackan will shepherd.

Friendly, who has produced a number of movies for Fox, including Little Miss Sunshine for Fox Searchlight, brought the project to Fox 2000. Friendly and Mahoney, a longtime manager and television producer, have spent several years securing the rights to Mr. Ed from two different estates.

via Fox 2000 Bringing 'Mr. Ed' to the Big Screen - The Hollywood Reporter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, unlike the original series, which used peanut butter and other analog tricks to get Mister Ed to “talk,” the movie will feature a CG horse’s mouth.

Fox 2000 has a history of bringing famous horses to the theater, having previously adapted Mary O’Hara’s My Friend Flicka.