Only days after former Pixar artist Armand Baltazar closed a deal for his debut three-book children’s series Timeless, 20th Century Fox have bought the movie rights.
Carlos Saldanha, director of the Rio and Ice Age movies, is attached to direct a live-action adaptation featuring heavy CGI content. Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer of Scott Free Productions are to produce along with Steve Tzirlin, Brooklyn Weaver and Saldanha. Maresa Pullman, of Saldanha’s BottleCap Productions, will act as exec producer.
The story is set in Chicago when a time implosion brings together people, cultures and creatures from past, present and future. A boy named Diego sets out with friends from different time periods to rescue his father after he is captured by a Roman general.
Baltazar left Pixar to write Timeless, which was apparently inspired by stories he told his son Diego. Publication of the first book is set for 2016 but mention has been made that the rights were bought for a sum in the mid-six-figures range. Good on him!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter