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Universal acquires "Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper"

By Karl Schneider     February 02, 2007
Source: Hollywood Reporter


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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal won a recent bidding war for the children's fantasy script titled: Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper.  The studio is planning to make the film a live action adaptation with Gary Ross directing.

The script, written by first time novelist Michael Reisman, follows an 11-year-old boy and his two friends who get possession of a physics book that enables them to alter the physical properties of the world, including gravity. The book describes a magical world based on physical laws of science, and future installments will incorporate other sciences, such as biology and chemistry.

"We really like that it's about a magical world that doesn't involve wizards or things like that," said producer Allison Thomas.  "Science is the magic of the story. The kids are learning the laws of physics so they can break them. It's like a new kind of superhero movie."


KJ's Take:  Going from what Thomas said, I do think it's a good thing that the film will be a different type of fantasy.  But at the same time, I can't help but feel that the story sounds a bit boring?  Considering the script snagged seven figures, it must be quite the opposite.  All in all I think it is something I will look forward to.

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flyinroo 2/2/2007 1:18:24 AM
Anymore, when I see the words "childrens fantasy" being used to describe an upcoming movie, I cringe. I think its about time they started making some fantasy that doesn't have to play to 13 year olds. I enjoy Harry Potter and Narnia, but I also loved Conan the Barbarian. Fantasy with an 'R' rating could be good. But hell, if they did make another Conan (as they have talked about doing) it would also probably be made PG-13.
kaybar 2/2/2007 12:46:56 PM
yeah flyinroo, that's the problems with hollywood nowadays, you can't bust into crazy figures with just an R-rated audience
godsonfilm 2/2/2007 2:46:34 PM
Kids/family movies always will make their money if they are good and there is never a doubt in anyones minds. While, Fantasy movies with the Success of Harry Potter and LOTR are few and far in between. In fact, what was the last successful fantasy flick that was adult oriented prior to LOTR or HP?
almostunbiased 2/2/2007 9:00:11 PM
I don't think HP is adult oriented. Sure Adults like it to, but I'd say It's meant for children, maybe children of all ages. To answer your question. I'd say Star Wars. That's really more of a fantasy than Sci-fi if you ask me. But maybe that was aimed at kids too. Don't really know cause I was a kid when it came out.
parrot 5/14/2008 8:48:54 PM
Simon Bloom is a blend of Science Fiction and Fantasy, more to the SF side of the equation. Harry Potter it is not, nor is it about magic. Its about Science, Physics to be exact. The book is fantastic, aimed at middle schoolers. Unlike HP, it has a beginning and an end within one book. Albeit, the promise of a sequel is too obvious to miss. I finished this last night (an ARC) and I recommend this more highly than anything but The Mysterious Benedict Society that I've read in some time (at least in kids books). I'd recommend running out and buying this. Don't wait for the movie. If they do it right, don't miss the movie when it comes out. Universal would have been stupid to have passed on this.
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