39 CLUES, Movie

Hunger Games isn’t the only Scholastic adaptation that is heating up. Today, Deadline reports that Brett Ratner will direct a movie based on Rick Riordan’s The 39 Clues. Back in 2008, Steven Spielberg picked up the rights, with plans to direct himself. He continues as producer.

Spielberg is currently working on several other book properties. The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is scheduled to release on Dec. 23, followed the next week by War Horse (based on yet another Scholastic title, written by Michael Morpurgo), featuring Jeremy Irvine and Emily Watson. Separately, a play based on the same book is currently a hit on Broadway.

Spielberg is expected to begin filming Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and based on Doris Kearns Godwin’s Team of Rival (S&S, 2005) in late 2011/2012. There’s no word yet on what is happening to Robopocalypse, based on the sci fi title coming in June by Daniel Wilson (Doubleday), which was also supposed to begin filming around that time.

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