The Tracking Board first reported that Universal was planning on making an Animorphs movie.
Fresh off our report that Sony is developing a Goosebumps sequel, it’s now been confirmed to us here at The Tracking Board that Universal is intending to reboot another beloved ’90s book series. That’s right, ANIMORPHS is currently in development, with Deborah Forte producing via her Silvertongue Films shingle. Maradith Frenkel is overseeing the project for the studio.
Our sources confirm that the studio is now looking for a writer to script their take on the film, which is said to put a heavy focus on the sci-fi nature of the story. We’re also told that the studio is also interested in finding a capable writer/director with a knack for sci-fi, with Attack The Block scribe/director Joe Cornish and Ender’s Game writer/director Gavin Hood described as a template.
Animorphs author K.A. Applegate later tweeted that Scholastic told her the story wasn't true.
TTB responded, standing by their story.
@kaaauthor This was 100% confirmed prior to posting. Can confidentially share names of those circling project as well. This is not false.— The Tracking Board (@MyTrackingBoard) September 11, 2015
Applegate's husband and fellow Animorphs author Michael Grant later tweeted about the story, also talking about his problems with Nickelodeon's TV show.
@D0wJ0nEs At this point we are just massively confused. Scholastic says no, the media says yes.— Michael Grant (@MichaelGrantBks) September 12, 2015
.@D0wJ0nEs Our concern is that a movie not be the embarrassing piece of crap the TV series was. That's 80% of our concern.— Michael Grant (@MichaelGrantBks) September 12, 2015
— Michael Grant (@MichaelGrantBks) September 12, 2015
.@D0wJ0nEs We wanted them to go animated because we knew live action would be shit given the economics.
.@JessicaUelmen Yeah and it's the same producer.— Michael Grant (@MichaelGrantBks) September 12, 2015
Sources: The Tracking Board , K.A. Applegate, Michael Grant
I don't know what's going on, but I'm reminded a little bit of how Lucy Lawless didn't know anything about the upcoming Xena reboot when it was first announced, then it was confirmed to be true.