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Universal Goes to Young Adult Outcast for Next Film Deal

Universal has secured the film rights to the young adult fantasy novel series OUTCAST, reports VARIETY. Charlie Mitchell (forthcoming THE CHILDREN OF THE DUST BOWL) has been hired to adapt the screenplay. Additionally, Mitchell will produce along with Donaldson/Sanders' Peter Donaldson and Circle of Confusion's Jason Lust.

Christopher Golden and Thomas Sniegoskis OUTCAST series follows a young boy named Timothy who leaves in Arcanum, where everyone except him possesses some magical power. Simon & Schuster has published the books that began with THE UN-MAGICIAN and was followed by DRAGON SECRETS and GHOSTFIRE.

Universal vp Jeff Kirschenbaum will shepherd the film for the studio. Circle of Confusion's David Alpert and David Engel along with Jay Sanders will exec produce.

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