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Fox buys rights to children’s novel Timeless in six-figure deal

October 15th, 2014 by Dave Bowling Comments

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

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...