May 20, 2010 / 6:29 AM / in 9 years

"Cosmic" kids book transforming into feature

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Family-friendly producer Walden Media is bringing U.K. author Frank Cottrell Boyce’s children’s book “Cosmic” to the big screen.

Boyce, also a screenwriter, will adapt his own novel, which is a comedy described as “Apollo 13” meets “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” It follows a boy who, after going through an early growth spurt, is often mistaken for an adult. One day he decides to pose as his best friend’s father in order to snag a seat on an experimental spaceship ride. The journey goes awry and he needs to save the crew.

The book was released through Walden Pond Press, the joint venture between Walden Media and HarperCollins. Walden Media, part of Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz’s sprawling entertainment operations, produced such films as the “Narnia” series and the recent hit “Tooth Fairy.”

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