Universal grabs 'Night Tourist'

Kid's book being adapted for big screen

Universal has booked bigscreen rights to the children's tome "The Night Tourist" in a high six-figure deal.

Chris Meledandri's new animation and family banner will develop the adaptation for the studio.
Katherine Marsh's young adult tome, published by Hyperion Children's last month, revolves around a ninth-grade classics prodigy who discovers Gotham's underworld with the help of a girl he meets at Grand Central Station. He discovers many secrets about his pal while searching for a glimpse of his late mother in this secret world.

Meledandri, Courtney Pledger and John Cohen are producing. No writer has been attached yet.
Meledandri exited Fox earlier this year to set up U's toon unit, which is in the process of gearing up. It is expected to produce two to three animated and live-action pics a year. U is providing initial financing and will distribute the pics worldwide under an exclusive five-year agreement.

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