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Fox options ‘Black Is the Color’

Shawn Levy to produce teenage tale through 21 Laps shingle

Twentieth Century Fox has optioned film rights to Alexandra Bracken’s futuristic trilogy “Black Is the Color.”

Shawn Levy will produce with his 21 Laps banner; Billy Rosenberg and Missy Foster will oversee development for the shingle, while Drew Crevello will oversee for Fox.

Story centers on a 16-year-old with uncontrollable telekinetic abilities who joins a group of teens on the run from the government.

Disney Hyperion will publish the first book in the “Black” trilogy in the summer of 2012.

Writers House reps 24-year-old Bracken, who earned a debut author nomination last year at the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Levy’s 21 Laps has produced a string of high-earning pics in the last few years, including the “Night at the Museum” films, which grossed close to a billion dollars worldwide, and last year’s “Date Night,” which cumed more than $150 million globally.

Disney will unspool the Hugh Jackman-toplined actioner “Real Steel,” which Levy produced and directed, in October.

ICM reps the film rights to “Black Is the Color” and sold the tome to Fox.

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