Despite the fact that Hollywood veteran Steven Spielberg has some uncertain financial details to work out before splitting away from Paramount Pictures, it seems it's never the man is never without a prospective new project to look forward to. Variety reports Spielberg may be jumping back into the sci-fi arena by acquiring the rights to the science fiction novel Chocky from Pollinger Ltd., the U.K. agency that handles the literary estate of the late author John Wyndham.
Plot Concept: "Chocky" tells the story of a boy who has a mysterious imaginary friend with whom he frequently argues. As the boy's father gets increasingly suspicious, it becomes clear that an alien entity has taken up residence in the boy's consciousness.
There is some question as to who is handling production and distribution for this project if it ever sees the light of Spielberg's day. His Tintin trilogy hit a snag with Universal pulled out of ponying up half the $130 million pricetag and with Spielberg's DreamWorks splitting off from Paramount within the next two weeks, a lot of his projects are up in the air as to whether some other studio will grab them or they stay under the property of current partner Paramount. That, or a financial agreement for these projects is met with Spielberg carrying the properties to where ever he choose to move to--rumored to be Universal Pictures, where his offices have been at for sometime.
In addition to Chocky, other projects include The Trial of the Chicago 7, which Spielberg was once planning to direct; an Abraham Lincoln/Civil War epic scripted by Tony Kushner; Cowboys and Aliens, a comic book adaptation that has Robert Downey Jr. attached; and The 39 Clues, a series of books that Spielberg has shown an interest in directing and which Jeff Nathanson is adapting.
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