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Breaking: Summit Entertainment has landed screen rights to John Corey Whaley’s upcoming Young Adult novel Noggin, with Jamie Linden attached to write the script and direct the film. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen’s Temple Hill Entertainment will produce. The book will be published in April by the Simon & Schuster imprint Atheneum Books. It’s a pretty clever premise. A dying young man agrees to be cryogenically frozen, Ted Williams style, for as long as it takes for medical science to be able to cure the disease that is killing him. He wakes up just five years later and finds his head grafted onto the body of someone else. He’s still 16, but discovers life has moved on without him. Seeing that his friends have grown up and his life love is engaged to someone else, he tries to find a way to build a new life, even if new scars are inevitable. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Summit has optioned the John Corey Whaley tome “Noggin” with Temple Hill coming on to produce.
Jamie Linden will pen the screenplay adaptation. The story follows a 16 year-old whose head ends up in a freezer after he dies. Five years later, he is brought back to life, but his head has been reattached to another person’s body. The coming-of-age tale has a “Freaky Friday” meets “Frankenstein” feel.
“Noggin” will be published by Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books in April. Whaley’s award-winning novel “Where Things Come Back” was previously optioned by the Gotham Group.
Lionsgate president of production Erik Feig and director of production and development Jeyun Choi will oversee the project for the studio. Temple Hill senior VP of production and development Tracey Nyberg will oversee for the company.
Linden’s past credits include “We Are Marshall” and “Dear John.” He is currently writing “Flight Before Christmas,” which »
- Justin Kroll
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