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Emma Thompson to write new Peter Rabbit tale

18th August 2010

A new Peter Rabbit story will be written to mark the 110th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's original tale - with Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson likely to be the author, according to the BBC.

Potter's first story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, was published by Frederick Warne in 1902 with an initial run of 8,000 - and has never been out of print since. She wrote another 22 titles in her children's series, including The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Tale of Tom Kitten and The Tale of Two Bad Mice.

Thompson recently told US chat show host Craig Ferguson that the publisher had approached her about writing a new addition to the series, explaining: 'They asked me to write a new story, so I'm going to take him to Scotland.'

Speaking to the BBC News website, Frederick Warne head of publicity Jennifer Cooper commented: 'We are currently in talks with Emma Thompson regarding her writing a Peter Rabbit story to commemorate 110 years of Peter Rabbit in 2012.'

Thompson established her writing credentials by crafting the screenplays of the Nanny McPhee films and the big screen adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.
 

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