Paramount Animation acquires film rights for ‘C.O.S.M.O.S’

Paramount Animation has optioned the film rights to C.O.S.M.O.S., an upcoming kids’ sci-fi book series from Thomas Wheeler — co-creator of Cursed and writer on family flicks Puss in Boots, The LEGO Ninjago Movie and Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Wheeler is also attached to write the adaptation.

C.O.S.M.O.S. — centred on the “College of Space Machines, Multiverses and other Odd Sciences” — is described as “Men in Black meets Willy Wonka with a shout out to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy … “an epic, mind-bending adventure that celebrates diversity and the power of science to save our world,” a report from Hollywood Reporter explains.

The first book in the series, The Doomsday Vault is due out March 15, 2022.

Paramount Animation’s upcoming slate includes the long-awaited U.S. release of Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run on CBS All Access; monster wrestling movie Rumble now set for May 14; PAW Patrol: The Movie on August 20; the new My Little Pony movie on Sept. 24; Under the Boardwalk on July 22, 2022; and fantasy adaptation The Tiger’s Apprentice slated for Feb. 10, 2023.

C.O.S.M.O.S. joins a diverse slate of adaptations and franchise flicks, including most recent addition Stray Dogs, based on the upcoming horror comic from Image, and 3D CG Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot with Nickelodeon and Point Grey Pictures announced this fall.


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