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Altitude Film Entertainment and Citrus Films has announced production on the first feature film to be based on the hit UK sketch-comedy series, Horrible Histories, will commence early next year with the film scheduled for release in 2019.

The film will be set in Roman Britain, based on a script by by Jessica Swale and directed by Dominic Brigstocke.

Horrible Histories: The Movie is the latest expansion for the brand, which includes international stage shows and a best-selling children’s book series by Terry Deary and Martin Brown. Scholastic is working to expand the brand into apparel, games, puzzles, homewares and digital apps.

Since Horrible Histories books debuted in 1993, more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world in 31 countries.

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