Filming begins on Jacqueline Wilson’s ‘Four Kids and It’

Filming has begun in Ireland on ‘Four Kids and It’. The family adventure film is based on Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling novel, a modern twist on E. Nesbit’s 1902 classic ‘Five Children and It’.

‘Four Kids and It’ begins with four children who are horrified to learn that their beach holiday has turned into a bonding trip with their potential future step siblings. The trip is engineered by the new couple, a workaholic mum, Alice, played by Paula Patton (Mission Impossible), and the endearingly gauche David, played by Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, Stoker).

During an argument, the children stumble across the Psammead, a magical, sandy, grumpy creature called It who can grant them one wish a day — although the wish is cancelled as soon as the sun sets. The children must learn to work together and choose their wishes wisely after a villain, played by Russell Brand, makes it his mission to steal the Psammead for himself.

Michael Caine will voice It. The creature is being designed by Brian Froud, who worked on Jim Henson’s ‘Labyrinth’, and his wife, Wendy Froud, the creator of Star Wars’ Yoda.

Wilson’s ‘Four Children and It’ came out in 2012. Her books have sold more than 40 million copies.