K.A. Applegate’s Animorphs books brought readers of all ages an epic, secret war between the invading Yeerk forces and the shape-shifting humans who fought to defend our planet. While the 1998 Animorphs TV series on Nickelodeon couldn’t do the books entirely justice, perhaps the big screen is where it will thrive.
According to The Tracking Bord, Universal is developing a movie based off the Animorphs books. Deborah Forte of Silvertongue Films is producing, with Maradith Frenkel overseeing the project. Silvertongue Films was designed to adapt books published by Scholastic, and Forte is already busy working on Sony’s Goosbumps, so she’s a natural choice for producer.
Universal is currently seeking a writer for the script, as well as a director to handle the project. (And if anyone from Universal happens to be reading this, I’m just going to mention that I still have all my Animorphs books and would certainly be willing to take on the task.)
The Animorphs series ran through 54 books, plus various spin-offs and supplementary works. In it, a group of teenagers encounter a dying alien, known as an Andalite, who gives them the ability to morph into any animal they touch for two hours at a time. Along with a second Andalite who later joins the team, they use those gifts to fight against the Yeerks – slug-like parasitic aliens that control the minds of any hosts they infest. But while they can turn into anything, anyone they meet could have a Yeerk controlling them.
Stay tuned for more information on all things Animorphs.