Universal Hopes to Acquire The 39 Clues

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The film adaptation of “The 39 Clues” series has gone through some major changes since it was first optioned. In the beginning Steven Spielberg was attached to produce and/or direct when it was optioned by DreamWorks Pictures. However, he backed out and Shawn Levy was then attached. Now, according to The Hollywood Reported, Universal Pictures is negotiating a deal to take over the optioned film rights.

“The 39 Clues” is an interactive children’s series that tells the story of the most powerful family in history, the Cahills, and two siblings who are thrown into a race by their relatives to uncover 39 clues in order to inherit their power. It was a unique venture since it brought together nearly a dozen established writers including Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis, Jude Watson, Patrick Carman, Linda Sue Park, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Roland Smith, David Baldacci, Jeff Hirsch and Natalie Standiford. The first novel “The Maze of Bones” was released in September 2008 and within a few years, nearly 8.5 million copies were in print worldwide.

At the moment, Levy is no longer attached to helm the project. There is also no word on whether Universal Pictures will use the script that had been developed and written by Jeff Nathanson originally when DreamWorks was overseeing the project.

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