It's a little surprising it's taken this long for some studio to take a serious interest in the Maximum Ride series of young adult science fiction thrillers by James Patterson, but The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog is reporting that Universal is close to acquiring the rights to the books from Sony's Columbia Pictures. A script is in development, though it isn't clear from the article if it is based on the first book in the series or is an original screenplay.
There are currently six books in the series. The first, The Angel Experiment, was published in 2005; the most recent, Fang, published last month.
About Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (from the publisher): Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock" -- Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel -- are just like ordinary kids -- only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time ... like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare -- this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb -- now her betrayed and greatest enemy -- that her purpose is save the world -- but can she?
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