Walden Media, the company behind family friendly films such as the Narnia movies and Holes, has a new kids book in its sights, with plans to bring Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic to the big screen. Not that this should come as a major surprise, as the book was published by Walden Pond Press, a joint venture between Walden and HarperCollins.
Frank Cottrell Boyce, who as well as being an author is also a screenwriter (having scripted the likes of 24 Hour Party People and Millions), will adapt his book himself.
The novel, described as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Apollo 13, tells the story of a boy called Liam, who may only be 11-years-old but is outsized in every way. He compete, and wins, the chance to go into space, heading further from the Earth than any human has ever been, but as Boyce says, “his big discoveries are all about family and home.”
It certainly seem to fit into Walden’s mission to bring family friend kids book with wholesome messages to the big screen.