Trade Breaks: Levy, Grais, Day, Penny

“Universal Pictures has picked up “The Overachievers,” an adaptation of the comedic nonfiction Alexandra Robbins book for Shawn Levy and 21 Laps. The story chronicles the lives of students in a Bethesda, Md., high school as they navigate the SAT and college-application process. Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka will adapt the script…” (full details)

“Michael Grais (“Poltergeist” 1 & 2) has scored the job of penning the next “Poltergeist” film, loosely entitled “Poltergeist: In the Shadows”. The project is in the “early stages of development right now”, and is in no way based on “Poltergeist: Kayeri” or a remake of the original…” (full details)

“Screen Gems has acquired the action spoof “Armageddagain: The Day Before Tomorrow” penned by Robert Moniot and Travis Oates. Moniot is directing and shooting is set to begin in August for an 2008 release…” (full details)

“Disney has nabbed the rights to the life story of Penny Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Scribe Mike Rich (“The Rookie,” “Miracle,” “The Nativity Story”) will pen the script. Chenery owned a thoroughbred breeding business that introduced Secretariat to the racing world. The dominant horse became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, taking the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes…” (full details)