“That’s a longer journey than the stage version…”
McFly’s Tom Fletcher must be the busiest man in pop, as he’s just disclosed that his children’s novel The Christmasaurus is being adapted into an animated movie.
Fresh off his revelation that the book will also be adapted for the stage next year, the singer told Digital Spy: “There’s an animated feature film of The Christmasaurus in the works – that’s a longer journey, as animation takes a while.
“So it’s all happening. I’m not sure if I’ll do the singing or the voices for the film yet… It depends, I’m sure there would be better people than me. I’m going to be on the stage with it next year though.”
Tom will be performing songs from the book at the 2016 Royal Variety Performance tonight (set to be aired on ITV next week), and explained how the whole process came about.
“I’d been writing children’s picture books with my bandmate Dougie [Poynter] for five years so it was a natural progression from that to writing a novel,” he continued. “I wrote a song called ‘Christmasaurus’, and that was the catalyst for the whole book.
“Everyone reacted to it really well and that got me excited and before I knew it, I’d written the novel. I had the story and a bunch of songs and I felt that I had essentially a musical. And tonight the performance [for the Royal Variety] is a snippet of The Christmasaurus Live, which is a show we’re putting on live next year in 2017.
“So I’m singing the songs tonight for the first time.”
He also added that he’ll be back in the studio writing music with McFly for their sixth studio album this year, saying that it’s been a “long time coming”.
The 2016 Royal Variety Performance is hosted by David Walliams and features performances from Tom, Lady Gaga and BGT winner Richard Jones.