Gotham Group buys into ‘Candy Shop’

Zachary Gordon attached to young adult novel's adaptation

The Gotham Group is showing its sweet tooth, nabbing bigscreen rights to Brandon Mull’s young-adult novel “The Candy Shop War.”

Zachary Gordon, who starred in the novel-turned-film “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” is attached to star. Gotham’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lindsay Williams are producing.

Story centers on a new kid in town, who enters a world where special candy can make kids float, shoot electric shocks from their fingers and even enter the land of wonder through the looking glass.

Gotham, the company behind “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” is currently out to writers. “Candy Shop Wars” was first published in hardcover in 2007. Mull’s previous books include the best-selling “Fablehaven” series.

Gotham, known for its deep development slate of young-adult projects, recently wrapped Taylor Lautner starrer “Abduction.”

Gordon, who is onboard a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” sequel, is repped by CAA.

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