Disney+ picks up Neal Shusterman’s novel Challenger Deep
According to Deadline, Disney+ has acquired the rights to Neal Shusterman’s novel Challenger Deep and has tapped Toy Story 4 writer Will McCormack to pen the screenplay.
The book follows Caden Bosch, who lives in two different worlds – one is a semi-normal life with his family and friends, although he believes people are trying to kill him. In his other world, he is part of a pirate crew on a voyage to place known as the Challenger Deep, the ocean’s deepest trench. Along the way Caden endures a captain and his mutinous parrot, not to mention the mutterings of his fellow shipmates. Per the report, the author based the book on his own son’s schizoaffective disorder.
The film will be produced by Trevor Engelson and Josh McGuire at Underground alongside Disney’s Justin Springer (Dumbo). Alison Erlikhman will executive produce.