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Universal is Adapting Mark Millar’s Chrononauts Into a Feature Film

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Mark Millar is no stranger to having his comic books adapted into feature films. So, it is no surprise that yet another of his works is making the way to the silver screen and they have picked quite an exciting comic book to make the jump. “Chrononauts” has been announced for adaptation courtesy of Universal.

“Chrononauts” follows two friends, Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly, who will mess with the theoretical science of time travel during the 1960s race to space. After discovering the ability to mess with time travel, the two buddies must decide how to use the new technology. They can either help mankind or explore the advantages to their own selfish end. The story will show the consequences of messing with such technological capabilities.

Millar is most known in the movie world for the adaptation “Sin City” but the films “Wanted,” “Kick-Ass,” and “Kingsman” were all based on his comic book series as well.

There is currently no word on when Universal is planning to begin production on “Chrononauts” but it is expected to move without delay given the hot commodity that time travel films are currently. They also haven’t revealed whether Millar will be involved with film development.

Gavin O’Connor to Helm Tell No One Adaptation

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“Tell No One,” the 2006 novel written by Harlan Coben, has found its director. Gavin O’Connor has signed on to helm the project from Universal and Warner Bros. The film is a remake of both the recent French thriller and the original novel. The new film version, which features a script by Chris Terrio.

“Tell No One” is a story of loss and redemption. It begins innocently enough. Dr. David Beck and his beloved wife, Elizabeth, are celebrating the anniversary of their first kiss in the quiet of Lake Charmaine. They grew up together, first kissed at age twelve, and now, twenty-five years old and married less than a year, they return for an idyllic weekend away.

Tragedy shatters their solitude. Elizabeth is abducted and murdered, her body found in a ditch. Her killer is caught and brought to justice. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. Eight years pass. He never gets over Elizabeth’s murder. He loses himself in his work as an inner city pediatrician.

But everything changes on the eighth anniversary of Elizabeth’s death. Two unidentified bodies are found at Lake Charmaine, unearthed years after their deaths. But even more disturbing, Beck gets a bizarre email that mentions a specific phrase – a phrase known only to him and Elizabeth. The email also tells him to click a hyperlink the next day at a specific hour – “kiss time” – 6:15PM.

There is no word yet on any actors being eyed for the lead roles or an anticipated production or release date.

Sci-Fi YA Novel, Arclight, Heading To The Silver Screen

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YA sci-fi and supernatural adaptations are all the rage right now and Universal is not missing a beat. the company recently picked up the film rights to the novel, “Arclight” written by Josin L. McQuein. Currently, Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will produce while Matthew Sand, best known for writing the 2009 Wachowski-produced action movie Ninja Assassin, will pen the screenplay.

“Arclight” is a sci-fi tale set in a post-apocalyptic future. Naturally, humanity has hunkered down in an outpost that is surrounded by a wall of light (aptly named Arclight). What lies out in the darkness? Creatures only known as the Fade. Into this enclave enters a lone teenage girl with no memory of who she is and how she survived in what is called the Dark but one who holds the key to its survival.

The YA novel has not yet been released but is set to hit shelves on April 23, 2013. Optioning not yet released novels seems to be the next big step for studios has they fight for the next “Twilight” or “The Hunger Games” franchise.

“Arclight” seems to have a lot of support other than being optioned so early on. The publisher, Greenwillow Books, initially made a large investment in the novel by paying McQuein $500,000 in 2011 in a two-book deal.

Pouya Shahbazian of New Leaf Literary & Media will produce with Grazer. Imagine’s Erica Huggins and Sarah Bowen will exec produce. Universal’s vp of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project.

There is no word on when the project will begin production or a projected release date for the finished film.

Breathe Deeply Heading To The Big Screen

Universal Pictures has announced that it has closed a seven-figure deal to adapt the novel Breathe Deeply for the big screen. Breathe Deeply received a $2.3 million publishing deal from Harper Collins.

The upcoming book is a memoir in which authors Susan Spencer-Wendel and Bret Witter tell the story of Spencer-Wendel’s struggle with ALS (better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Universal bought the book without first assigning a producer to the material, just as it did when it purchased the rights to Fifty Shades of Grey.

Spencer-Wendel, a court reporter for the Palm Beach Post, was diagnosed with ALS at age 44. The disease destroys the nerves that power muscles including the lungs.

Already dealing with the effects of the disease, Spencer Wendel hurried to write what she called in her proposal “a book about living.”

“It is hard to get through the 12-page proposal without getting misty,” Deadline reported. “She wants to leave behind a record of a life well lived, and achieve a few more experiences before it becomes too difficult for her.”

Spencer-Wendel has a husband and a 14-year-old daughter.

In this Wall Street Journal article, she revealed that she is trying to create as many memories as she can with her daughter before she is gone.

Among her plans is a trip for the teen to try on dresses at Kleinfeld’s, the New York bridal shop in which TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” is filmed. Spencer-Wendel said the plan was always for her daughter to purchase a Kleinfeld dress for her wedding, so she will leave behind the money so her sister can buy a dream dress there when her daughter is ready to be married.

The author will soon lose the power of speech, according to Deadline, but she is determined to finish her 240-page memoir by October, even if she will need special equipment to record her words by following her eye movements.