Walden turning 'Cosmic' kids book into feature

Frank Cottrell Boyce will adapt his own novel

Walden Media is bringing U.K. author Frank Cottrell Boyce's children's book "Cosmic" to the big screen.

Boyce, also a screenwriter, will adapt his own novel, which is a comedy described as "Apollo 13" meets "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." It follows a boy who, after going through an early growth spurt, is often mistaken for an adult. One day he decides to pose as his best friend's father in order to snag a seat on an experimental spaceship ride. The journey goes awry and he needs to save the crew.

The book was released through Walden Pond Press, the joint venture between Walden Media and HarperCollins.

"The hero of 'Cosmic' is a boy who goes further away from Earth than any human being has ever been, but his big discoveries are all about family and home," Boyce said.

"Frank has created one of the most original characters in recent memory with the book's hero, Liam," said Michael Bostick, CEO of Walden Media. "In order to preserve his wildly funny and unique voice, we're thrilled to be working with Frank to develop the film adaptation that will appeal to the whole family."

Bostick is overseeing the project with Evan Turner, Walden vp production and development.