The James Patterson book property, which was put into turnaround by Columbia after a year of development, is close to being snapped up by Universal. Catherine Hardwicke remains attached to direct, with father and son Avi Arad and Ari Arad and Steven Paul producing.
The project, however, will be working from a new script, with Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby — whose credits include “Iron Man” and “Cowboys and Aliens” — being tapped to write a new take.
The books, which see Patterson in young-adult mode, chronicles six teens known as the Flock who are genetically altered so they are part human and part bird. Learning to fly, they escape the laboratory where they have been housed and are pursued by a pack of creatures called the Erasers that are part human and part wolf.