Writers being sought for 'Potter'-like project
Revolution Studios will open a superhero school, optioning the graphic novel “Zoom’s Academy for the Super Gifted” from Jason Lethcoe for Team Todd and Underground Films to produce.The “Harry Potter”-like project revolves around an unpopular high school girl who is whisked away by her mysterious father to a school for superheroes, where she discovers her talents. Comic was acquired for low six figures. Writers are being sought for the project. Lethcoe, who has worked as an animator at Disney and Warner Bros., first published “Zoom’s Academy” in 2001, through Astonish Comics, which also has an animated adaptation of its “Herobear and the Kid” in the works at Universal Pictures. Lethcoe has since joined Sony Pictures Animation and serves as a story editor on “Herobear.” Team Todd toppers Suzanne and Jennifer Todd will produce “Zoom’s Academy” as a live-action pic. The DreamWorks-based producing duo is also developing the kidpic “Lionboy,” the first in a trilogy of children’s books about a boy who can communicate with big cats, as well as what the studio hopes will be a franchise featuring spy Matt Helm. Underground Films’ Nick Osborne and Trevor Engelson, who also rep Lethcoe through their Mission Management shingle along with CAA, also will serve as producers on “Zoom’s Academy.” Underground is also behind the psychological horror pic “Black Autumn,” set up at Phoenix Pictures, with Michael Apted looking to direct. “Zoom’s Academy” was brought to Revolution Studios partner Todd Garner. Revolution development exec Navid McIlhargery will oversee the project at the studio. Director of development Julie Ragland will shepherd the pic at Team Todd.
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