6/30/2010: Tons of things happening on the prospects for UNWIND as a movie that we're not allowed to discuss yet, but we will soon!Unwind has just been optioned by independent producers for development as a feature film
6/25/10: Neal's story "Catching Cold" from Darkness Creeping will be the basis of an episode of a new TV show. More to come!
Update 4/15/2010: Director Ron Underwood (Tremors and City Slickers) is now attached to direct THE SCHWA WAS HERE movie!
Also picked up by independent producers who hope to go into production this summer, so keep your fingers crossed.
6/15/2010: Neal has begun work on another draft of the EVERLOST script for Universal
Everlost has sold to Universal Studios, with Gary Ross's company "Larger than Life" producing, and Neal writing the script. At this stage, the first draft of the script is done, and Neal is waiting for rewrite notes from the studio. Neal is thrilled to be working with "Larger than Life", and is looking forward to getting Everlost up on the big screen. Everlost has been reoptioned in march of 2009 for an additional 2 years. While the writers going on strike slowed down the project, Universal is still committed to getting it to the big screen.
"Class Act," a script co-written by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman for Revolution Studios has been picked up by Walden Media. Hallie Berry is attached to star, and Doug Atchison (Akeelah and the Bee) will be directing.
The Disney Channel is happy with Neal's script adaptation of his novel Downsiders. They own the film and TV rights now, and can make it at any time, assuming they can get together a cast they like, and can budget it. No telling whether it will get made sooner, or later, but it's a favorite project over at the Disney Channel... so let's hope it gets made soon!