Fox nabs rights to ‘Seems’

Levy to direct, produce film

Twentieth Century Fox has acquired screen rights to the upcoming fantasy novel “The Seems,” and has set it as a directing and producing vehicle for “Night at the Museum” helmer Shawn Levy.

Levy, who is prepping “The Hardy Men” for Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise, will produce through his 21 Laps banner. Authors John Hulme and Mike Wexler will write the script.

“The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep,” the first installment in a multi-book series, will be published by Bloomsbury USA in the fall.

The Seems is a parallel world where everything that humans take for granted is manufactured and designed. When a glitch occurs, a young boy is drafted to correct it and save the world.

“This is such a visually original and fresh world, where memory, weather, sleep and things like that are created,” Levy told Daily Variety. “I’ve been working with Fox to find the next major all-audience franchise, and we feel that if we nail the screenplay, this has the potential to fit that bill, with the same humor, family friendliness, and lack of condescension.”

Levy was hooked into the book by his agents at Endeavor, which brokered the book deal with lit agent David Kuhn.

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