Report: Universal Eyeing 'Animorphs' For Film Adaptation

The Tracking Board has learned through an unnamed source that Universal is looking to expand its line of films based on young adult novel properties. There are already rumblings of a "Goosebumps" sequel ahead of the film's October release date, and now it looks like fellow '90s novel franchise "Animorphs" is next.

According to the report, Universal is looking to adapt the young adult novel series "Animorphs" into a feature film. The unnamed sources note that Universal is currently looking for a screenwriter for "Animorphs" or, if possible, a "writer/director with a knack for sci-fi" in the vein of either Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block") or Gavin Hood ("Ender's Game").

The "Animorphs" saga, which followed five humans and one alien who possess the ability to transform into any animal they touch on their quest to stop an alien infiltration of Earth, unfolded across 54 books published between 1996 and 2001. The line spawned a TV series of the same name on Nickelodeon in 1998 that ran for two seasons.

The report notes that Deborah Forte -- who produced both the upcoming "Goosebumps" film and the "Animorphs" TV show -- is producing the adaptation via Silvertongue Films. It's also mentioned that Silvertongue was formed with the specific goal of adapting Scholastic properties as part of a three-year deal with Universal.

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