〉 Reitman is adapting Kevin Emerson’s 2013 book for the big screen.
Ghostbusters producer Ivan Reitman is blasting off into the family-friendly sci-fi genre yet again with THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION at Paramount Pictures. 2011 Black List writer Imran Zaidi is set to adapt Kevin Emerson‘s book for the big screen.
The book, published in 2013, is a tween adventure that follows a precocious little girl who finds out that her best friend has gone missing. While investigating her disappearance, she finds a trail of evidence that leads her to believe that her friend was abducted by aliens. Upon her discovery, she puts herself in danger of being abducted as well.
A cross between the sci-fi wonder and mystery of J.J. Abrams’s Super 8 and the coming-of-age energy of films like King Jack, The Fellowship For Alien Detection sets a story of friendship against a thrilling, sci-fi backdrop.
Reitman is producing through his Montecito Picture Company, along with Tom Pollock and Ali Bell. Justin McGoldrick is the production exec for Montecito, while Gabby Canton is overseeing for Paramount.
Ever since Steven Spielberg’s E.T., movies of the “child-meets-alien” variety have done well at the box office and provide a unique coming-of-age story that have timeless appeal. And with the re-release of movies like The Iron Giant, Spielberg’s forthcoming adaptation of The BFG and conceptual sci-fi films like Midnight Special coming to the forefront, the fantastical, coming-of-age genre may be coming back into the spotlight, setting the stage for a movie like The Fellowship which already has a built-in literary audience.
Reitman, in addition to being the man responsible for making Ghostbusters a classic, is known for directing and producing an extensive list of films including Stripes, Kindergarten Cop, I Love You, Man, and the Oscar-nominated Up In The Air. Next up for Reitman is Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters remake with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. He will also produce the upcoming Owen Wilson comedy Bastards as well as the big screen adaptation of Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.
Zaidi seems to be a great fit for the project, as he landed on the Black List for his spec Jurassic Park, which tells the story of a high school couple who ditch school to catch a special preview of the now classic 1993 Spielberg film.
Zaidi is repped by UTA and Gotham/Principal.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer