Each and every time I read about the purchase of yet another young-adult fantasy novel by yet another major studio, I can't help but feel they're all one in the same -- insert some kid (or kids) into a world that's kind of like ours but different, give them some magical powers, then send them off on a quest to find something important. That description alone pretty much sums up every single fantasy project currently filming or in development.
Of course, that's not stopping folks from continually snatching up more and more -- this time around, Universal Pictures has acquired Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper -- the first book in a potential series (what else is new) written by newbie Michael Reisman -- as a possible directing vehicle for Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville). Story surrounds three kids who discover a magical physics book that somehow gives them the powers to alter gravity, along with other physical properties of the world. Hey, if this doesn't officially make physics the "cool" subject to study in school, then I don't know what will.
Reisman, a script reader for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, was first inspired to write the Gravity Keeper after reading the Lemony Snicket books. Even though he now has a book and movie deal, the dude has not yet left his job ... because someone has to discover the next Zoey 101.