Author to adapt his kiddie book for bigscreen

Walden Media’s going “Cosmic,” signing Frank Cottrell Boyce to adapt his children’s novel for the bigscreen.

Story follows the adventures of a boy who, after going through an early growth spurt, is frequently mistaken for an adult. When he poses as his best friend’s father in order to win a seat on an experimental spaceship ride, he becomes more of a man than he ever imagined as he saves the crew from a journey gone awry.

“Cosmic” is on the shortlist for the U.K. Carnegie Award and is the latest release from Walden Pond Press, a joint venture of Walden Media and HarperCollins.

Besides publishing books for young readers, Walden Pond is set up to pair book properties with filmmakers and actors. It also collaborates on development and production of features.

“In short, the story is ‘Apollo 13′ meets ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ so it makes sense that ‘Cosmic’s’ out-of-this-world adventure would include a journey to the movie theater,” said Francis X. Flaherty Jr., publisher of Walden Pond.

Walden’s Evan Turner will oversee the project with Walden topper Michael Bostick.

Upcoming Walden films include “Ramona and Beezus”; docu “Waiting for ‘Superman'”; and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”

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