Originally announced for development nearly four years ago, DreamWorks is moving forward with plans to bring Scholastic’s cross-media franchise, The 39 Clues to the big screen. Deadline reports that the studio is negotiating with Real Steel director Shawn Levy to direct with a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson. Levy would replace the previously announced Brett Ratner.
The story revolves around the Cahills – the most powerful family the world has ever known – the source of whose power is a mystery that can only be unraveled by assembling 39 clues hidden around the world throughout history. Combining reading with online gaming and collecting, this breakthrough concept is uniquely positioned to reach millions of young people who are readers, gamers, collectors, or all three, and encourage them to participate in the hunt for the 39 clues.
Steven Spielberg is producing the project alongside Scholastics Deborah Forte. Production is expected to move forward after Levy’s next, The Internship shoots for 20th Century Fox.