Joyful, inventive Irish illustrator Oliver Jeffers
’ book The Incredible Book Eating Boy
has found its scribe in Michael Mitnick
Mitnick’s 2011 Black List script, The Current War is getting the Hollywood treatment as well, with Timur Bekmambetov directing next year; a drama that chronicles the true-life public battle fought between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse for domination of the early power industry.
Mitnick is also writing the libretto for the Broadway musical adaptation of Animal House and Universal Pictures has also acquired an untitled musical comedy to be scripted by him.
Escape Artist duo Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal
and Steve Tisch are producing with Furst Films’ Bryan
and Sean Furst
Mitnick will be an exec producer.
Here’s the book’s brief description below. You know, the novel is fairly short and aimed for children 4 and up:
Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn’t like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the more he eats, the smarter he gets—he’s on his way to being the smartest boy in the world! But one day he feels sick to his stomach. And the information is so jumbled up inside, he can’t digest it! Can Henry find a way to enjoy books without using his teeth?