Walden Bringing 'Cosmic' Children's Adventure to Big Screen
by Ethan Anderton
May 20, 2010
After bringing C.S. Lewis' fantasy adventure The Chronicles of Narnia to life, Walden Media is looking to venture into depths of outer space as THR reports that they will bring Frank Cottrell Boyce's children's book Cosmic to life on the big screen. Described as Apollo 13 meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the story follows a 12 year-old boy who is often mistaken for an adult with premature facial hair. Though this makes his life a bit of a struggle, he decides to use his deceiving appearance to enter a "Greatest Dad Ever" contest and somehow finds himself on a rocket ship that is off course and 200,000 miles above the Earth. Oh snap!
Boyce, who also had his novel Millions turned into a film from Danny Boyle, is also a screenwriter and will be adapting Cosmic into a feature script himself. The book is said to be full of childlike wonder and contain plenty of laughs as this overgrown boy travels further away from Earth than any human being has ever been before. However, Boyce says "his big discoveries are all about family and home." It sounds like it could be charming, but I'd almost rather see this as an animated movie instead. No director is attached yet, but stay tuned as we're sure to hear more about this soon. Anyone read the book? Will it make for a good movie?