‘Flint’ catches fire

Paterson to direct adaptation of mother's novel

“Bridge to Terabithia” author Katherine Paterson’s upcoming fantasy novel, “The Flint Heart,” will get a feature treatment from newly minted production banner Bedrock Studios and Arcady Bay Entertainment.

Arcady Bay principal David Paterson will adapt his mother’s tome as a live-action pic that will be special effects-driven.

The prolific Paterson collaborated on the novel with her husband, John Paterson Sr. The book is scheduled for a release from children’s publisher Candlewick Press early next year.

Taking place during a time stretching from the Stone Age to modern-day England, the story centers on a magical amulet that brings power and despair to those who touch it.

David Paterson adapted his mother’s “Bridge to Terabithia” for Disney and Walden Media, with that pic topping $200 million in worldwide grosses. Bedrock topper Cary Granat was CEO of Walden at the time.

Bedrock was launched earlier this year by combining Granat Entertainment with Reel FX, headed by former Industrial Light and Magic CEO Ed Jones.

Granat told Daily Variety he hopes to announce soon a studio partner to co-finance and distribute, followed by tapping a director.

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