Summit has optioned the John Corey Whaley tome “Noggin” with Temple Hill coming on to produce.
Jamie Linden will pen the screenplay adaptation. The story follows a 16 year-old whose head ends up in a freezer after he dies. Five years later, he is brought back to life, but his head has been reattached to another person’s body. The coming-of-age tale has a “Freaky Friday” meets “Frankenstein” feel.
“Noggin” will be published by Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books in April. Whaley’s award-winning novel “Where Things Come Back” was previously optioned by the Gotham Group.
Lionsgate president of production Erik Feig and director of production and development Jeyun Choi will oversee the project for the studio. Temple Hill senior VP of production and development Tracey Nyberg will oversee for the company.
Linden’s past credits include “We Are Marshall” and “Dear John.” He is currently writing “Flight Before Christmas,” which he is also attached to direct for Paramount and Walden, and he is writing an animated film for James Lasseter and Disney. He is repped by Paradigm.