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"Sleepaway," "Personal Statement" Optioned

By Garth Franklin Friday July 26th 2013 08:00AM
"Sleepaway," "Personal Statement" Optioned

Universal Pictures and producer Scott Stuber has optioned the film rights to Josh Eells' New York Times Magazine article "Sleepaway Camp For Postmodern Cowboys".

The article covers a competition staged at King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center in Jordan that pits elite international forces against each other in contests to establish supremacy.

America, China, and numerous other countries participated in the session which ultimately turns into one giant bit of bonding.

Meanwhile, Elm Tree Entertainment and Walk the Walk Entertainment have jointly optioned the film rights to the upcoming young adult novel series "Personal Statement" by Jason Odell Williams.

The story follows high school overachiever Emily as she heads to a town rocked by a natural disaster to score the volunteering credit she needs for Ivy League college admissions.

Timothy Schmidt and Steve Hutensky will produce what could potentially be an onscreen trilogy.

Source: Deadline

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