WB has a ‘Bone’ to pic

Studio to put Nimmo's fantasy novels on the big screen

Warner Bros. has acquired screen rights to “Midnight for Charlie Bone” and the four books that follow in the bestselling fantasy series by Welsh author Jenny Nimmo.

Series concerns a youth who has the ability to look at photographs and hear conversations that took place when the pictures were shot.

The Bone clan descends from the magical Red King, and each family member possesses a different power. Charlie uses his gift to try to unravel the mystery of a missing girl, and he has to deal with all kinds of ghastly relatives and other nasty characters who use their powers to hamper his investigation.

Three books in the series have been published so far.

Basil Iwanyk and Alysia Cotter of WB-based Thunder Road will produce, with Neil Alsip penning the screenplay. WB execs Lynn Harris and Geoff Shaevitz will steer the pic.

Alsip has written for latenight TV hosts Craig Kilborn, Bill Maher and Tom Green, but he got the scripting job after WB execs sparked to a spec script he wrote and used as a writing sample.

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