Dreamworks recently nabbed the rights to a series of books yet to be released called 'The 39 Clues' from Scholastic Media., and Spielberg is looking to direct the film. So ya wanna know what the 39 clues are? Variety has the answer:
The 39 Clues," which launches Sept. 9, is envisioned as a 10-book series to be released over two years. It's described as a multimedia adventure that will include a set of collectible cards and an online game that will serve as a portal as young readers try to solve a mystery for a grand prize of $10,000. The contest will run for two years.
The focus of "The 39 Clues" is the most powerful family in the world, the Cahills, who count Napoleon and Houdini among their relatives. Readers will be challenged to discover the source of the family's powers, revealed through 39 clubs that are hidden around the world and scattered throughout history.
First book in the series, "The Maze of Bones," has been completed by Rick Riordan, who also has outlined the series' 10-book arc. The adventure kicks off with the death of Cahill clan matriarch Grace, who changes her will at the last moment, giving her descendants the choice between $1 million or a clue.
"The 39 Clues" takes "creative leaps to expand the story experience from the pages of the books to multiple stages of discovery and imagination," Spielberg said in a statement.
"There is enough material here for three or four movies," Snider told Daily Variety. "Steven is very involved and passionate. This excites me as an executive but also as a mother. It is an educational, challenging interactive experience that hits kids where they live."
I think the whole idea of these books is a fantastic idea! What a great way to get kids thinking and trying to figure out the clues while utilizing their imaginations. I am not sure how a movie will work for this. I see the appeal for the book series but will the movies tie in with helping kids discover the clues? That would be pretty cool. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds as the books come out and the movie starts development.