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Steven Spielberg's kidding again

24 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DreamWorks has acquired the dramatic rights to the science fiction novel "Chocky" from Pollinger Ltd., the U.K. agency that handles the literary estate of the late author John Wyndham.

Steven Spielberg is said to be keen to make the adaptation his next directing project.

"Chocky" tells the story of a boy who has a mysterious imaginary friend with whom he frequently argues. As the boy's father gets increasingly suspicious, it becomes clear that an alien entity has taken up residence in the boy's consciousness. With Spielberg's proclivity for exploring the darker aspects of childhood, the material is clearly in his wheelhouse.

But given Spielberg's recent exit from Paramount, here's a question: Who will actually produce the project -- Par or the new independent DreamWorks?

For months, speculation has been rampant about what some call a potential "bloodbath" over DreamWorks-developed projects under the just-ended Par deal. What would Spielberg attempt »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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