Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have acquired screen rights to “The Anybodies,” the bestselling children’s book series written by N.E. Bode (the pen name of Julianna Baggott) and illustrated by Peter Ferguson.
Nick senior veep Julia Pistor brought the book in, and Paramount Pictures president Donald De Line made the deal. It brings together parties involved in hatching the upcoming Jim Carrey starrer “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” which Paramount and DreamWorks release this month. “The Anybodies” could have the same franchise potential.
Baggott’s book is a whimsical adventure about an 11-year-old who learns she was switched at birth and she is actually a member of “The Anybodies,” a rare breed of humans with shape-shifting powers. She’s soon pitted against a sinister magician to gain possession of a manual that holds the key to being an “anybody.”
Par’s Damon Ross will oversee development with Pistor.
Deal Par and Nickelodeon Movies made with Intellectual Property Group includes Baggott’s second installment, “The Nobodies,” and a third book, “The Somebodies.” Latter two will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, as was the first.
Baggott previously wrote the bestsellers “Girl Talk” and “The Miss America Family.”