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Frank Cottrell Boyce's Cosmic to become Hollywood blockbuster

21st May 2010

Frank Cottrell Boyce's bestselling children's book, Cosmic, is set to get the Hollywood treatment.

Walden Media, a partner in Walden Pond Press, is holding on to the rights to the book and is hoping to create an Apollo 13 meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hit comedy.

Boyce, who is also a successful screenwriter, will be adapting the novel himself.

Commenting on the book, Michael Bostick, chief executive of Walden Media, told the Hollywood Reporter: 'Frank has created one of the most original characters in recent memory with the book's hero, Liam.

'In order to preserve his wildly funny and unique voice, we're thrilled to be working with Frank to develop the film adaptation that will appeal to the whole family.'

Cosmic tells the story of a boy who experiences an unusual growth spurt which results in him being mistaken for an adult.

He uses this to his advantage by pretending to be his best friend's father, commandeering the grown-up's seat on an experimental space flight.

Boyce, has written a number of other successful children's books including Millions and Framed.

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