The Dangerous Book for Boys is a non-fiction book written by brother’s Conn and Hal Iggulden, which was published back in 2007. Essentially it aimed to teach kids of all ages how to have intrepid adventures without turning on their games console. Sounds very cool doesn’t it?
Well now, it’s being turned into an Amazon Prime Original created by Bryan Cranston (Walter White in Breaking Bad and the creator of Sneaky Pete), and director Greg Mottola (Superbad), and judging by the trailer below, they’ve taken an unconventional approach.
Here’s the synopsis: “Inspired by the best-selling book, The Dangerous Book for Boys is heartwarming story of a family overcoming loss with the help of a book filled with life lessons that was handed down from a father to his three boys. The book inspires adventurous fantasies in the youngest son, Wyatt, that teaches him how to bring his family closer and move forward.”
The Dangerous Book for Boys, which is released to Amazon Prime subscribers on March 30th looks like a feel good coming of age series, with strong elements of fantasy and wish fulfilment. One is immediately reminded of such 80s sci fi / fantasy classics as The Flight of the Navigator andThe NeverEnding Story, with hints of the original 90s Jumanji. There is undoubtedly a market out there for this kind of material.
Could The Dangerous Book for Boys turn into a sweeter Stranger Things, with more hugging and healing? Only time will tell, but it certainly looks promising.