Larry Doyle's 'Go Mutants!' Novel Headed to the Big Screen
by Alex Billington
June 23, 2009
Universal has acquired screen rights to the new Larry Doyle teen comedy/adventure novel "Go Mutants!" Imagine Entertainment producer Brian Grazer will develop, with Doyle writing the script himself. The story is set in a high school where all of the tropes from classic 1950s alien invasion movies came true. Years later, the children of those mutant creatures have assimilated among the other kids. Doyle said the book and the movie invite cameos from '50s monsters like Gort, the robot from The Day the Earth Stood Still, and the creature from the black lagoon. The book won't be published until next summer, so don't go looking for it.
The studio bought the rights on the basis of an outline, and Doyle will finish the novel this summer and work on the script at the same time. A few of you may recognize Larry Doyle (seen above), as he's the same author who wrote the book and the screenplay for the upcoming summer teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper. The concept for Go Mutants! sounds like a great idea, even though it's a very long way out (he hasn't even written it!). I'm also glad that this ended up at Universal, that way they could potentially work in some of their classic monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, or The Mummy. We'll be keeping an eye on this.