Universal acquires ‘Go Mutants!’

Larry Doyle to adapt script from own novel

Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to the Larry Doyle novel “Go Mutants!”

Imagine Entertainment topper Brian Grazer will produce.

Doyle will write the script.

“Go Mutants!” is a teen comedy/adventure set in a high school where all of the tropes from classic 1950s alien invasion movies came true. Years later, the children of those mutant creatures have assimilated among the other kids.

Doyle said the book and movie invites cameos from ’50s fright fixtures like Gort — the robot from “The Day the Earth Stood Still” — and the creature from the black lagoon.

The studio and Imagine bought the book on the basis of an outline, and Doyle will finish the novel this summer and work on the script at the same time. The book will be published by HarperCollins next summer.

William Horberg and Imagine’s David Bernardi will be exec producers.

Doyle most recently adapted his novel “I Love You, Beth Cooper” into the screenplay for the Chris Columbus-directed Fox comedy that bows July 10.

Doyle’s repped by CAA, The Gernert Co. and attorney Michael Gendler.

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