'Schwa' noticed by Disney Channel


Disney Channel has found the "Schwa."

A network representative confirmed that the channel has an option on Neal Shusterman's book "The Schwa Was Here." The author is writing the script for the telefilm project.

The book, published in 2004 by Dutton Juvenile, is narrated by an eighth-grader named "Antsy" Bonano who tells the story of a classmate, Calvin Schwa, who tends to go through life completely unnoticed and unseen, to the point of being "invisible."

Shusterman's relationship with Disney Channel extends back to the 2004 movie "Pixel Perfect," one of the network's highest-rated telefilms of that year.

Universal Pictures recently optioned Shusterman's novel "Everlost," which is being developed as a potential directing vehicle for Gary Ross through his Larger Than Life banner. Shusterman is writing the script.

He also co-wrote the initial draft of the feature film "Class Act" for Revolution Studios (that project is now at DreamWorks) and wrote "The Eyes of Kid Midas," based on his novel, for Sony Pictures.

Shusterman is repped by WMA and Underground Films & Management.