- Elizabeth Banks will star as Ms. Frizzle in the live-action adaptation of 'The Magic School Bus.’
Elizabeth Banks is taking on the iconic role of Ms. Frizzle in Universal’s live-action adaptation The Magic School Bus.
Joanna Cole wrote The Magic School Bus books with Bruce Degen as the illustrator. It was also a popular animated TV show in the 1990s. The story follows Ms. Frizzle as she takes her class on field trips in their yellow school bus that transforms into a plane, submarine, spaceship, or surfboard that allow them to go on educational adventures.
Banks will also produce the film alongside Max Handelman for Brownstone Productions, and Scholastic Entertainment’s president and chief strategy officer Iole Lucchese and senior VP and general manager Caitlin Friedman, and Marc Platt and Adam Siegel for Marc Platt Productions. Alison Small will serve as executive producer for Brownstone Productions. Ryan Christians from Marc Platt Productions will oversee production with Sara Scott and Lexi Barta from Universal Pictures.
“We are delighted to bring to life the iconic Ms. Frizzle and her zest for knowledge and adventure in a fresh new way that inspires the next generation of kids to explore science and supports the dedicated teachers who help make science real and accessible for young learners every day,” Lucchese said in a statement.
Netflix debuted a spinoff The Magic School Bus Rides Again in 2017 following Ms. Frizzle’s sister, Fiona played by Kate McKinnon (SNL). Multi-award-winning composer/lyricist/playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights) sang the theme song. Lily Tomlin voiced Ms. Frizzle in the PBS animated TV series, which aired for 18 consecutive years in the U.S.
Banks has worked with Universal by appearing in the Pitch Perfect series and directed the second installment. She is also set to star in the Invisible Woman remake.