Universal Takes On A “Maximum Ride”

Universal Pictures is closing in on a deal to pick up “Maximum Ride” out of turnaround from Sony Pictures reports Heat Vision

Based on the young adult novel series by James Patterson, author of the Alex Cross book series, ‘Ride’ follows six children who’ve been genetically altered to be part bird.

Escaping their laboratory prison, they’re pursued by their creators who send part human/part wolves after them. Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (“Iron Man”) will re-write Don Payne’s earlier draft.

Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”) remains attached to direct while Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul are producing.