Southpaw, 821 option 'Miscellaneous'

Freddie Highmore to star in novel adaptation

NEW YORK -- Southpaw Entertainment and 821 Entertainment Group have optioned Dominic Smith's novel "The Beautiful Miscellaneous" to develop into a feature film starring Freddie Highmore.

The coming-of-age tale from Simon & Schuster follows 17-year-old Nathan Nelson (Highmore), who awakens from a coma with an exceptional memory and synesthesia, in which words, shapes or numbers become colors, smells or flavors. His father, a demanding physics professor, sends him to a research institute for savants to find a use for his new gifts.

Southpaw's Richard Barton Lewis and 821's Ben Horton and Eric Geadelmann are exec producing.

The project reunites Southpaw chairman Lewis, 821 president Anastasia Brown and Highmore, who collaborated on Warner Bros.' "August Rush."

Southpaw's upcoming lineup includes Fox's "The Box," with Barry Sonnenfeld attached to direct, and United Artists' "Out of This World." Highmore ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") will next be seen in Luc Besson's "Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard."