Chase Palmer is set to adapt Tony DiTerlizzi’s kiddie adventure tale “The Search for WondLa” for Paramount.
Gotham Group is producing with DiTerlizzi on as an exec producer.
Set in a future world where the Earth is a hibernation state due to environmental abuse, the story follows a girl who is believed to be the only remaining human inhabitant.
When her underground sanctuary is destroyed, she must go on a journey accompanied by her robot caretaker and an alien to see if any other humans exist.
Paramount previously adapted another DiTerlizzi novel, “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” which grossed more than $150 million worldwide.
DiTerlizzi said he likes writing stories rooted in the traditional fairytale format, but with elements not usually seen in that world.
“With ‘WondLa,’ it is a traditional tale but instead of the normal fairytale tropes like ghosts and goblins, we’re doing it with aliens and robots,” DiTerlizzi said.
Palmer had been set to write the “Dune” reboot at Paramount but with the studio moving on from the project, the scribe now has room in his sked for the adaptation.
DiTerlizzi also has “Spider and the Fly” set up at Regency with Gotham and Davis producing.
Palmer is repped by WME, Gotham Group and attorney Alan Grodin. DiTerlizzi is repped by Gotham Group.