Imageworks Sets Up Trio Of Films

Sony Pictures Imageworks (“The Polar Express,” “Monster House,” “Beowulf”) is developing three more movies using their proprietary Imagemotion technology reports Variety.

Producer Avi Arad has optioned film rights to James Patterson’s young-adult fantasy adventure bestseller “Maximum Rise” with hopes of turning the property, 12 novels so far about six flying children, into a major franchise. The project is currently out to scribes.

Director Jon Favreau and Jay Redd are developing the caveman comedy “Neanderthals,” while Jerome Chen is creating an untitled feature inspired by Japanese mythology but in the “300” style vein. Releases in 2010 and 2011 are being targeted.