Maximum Ride To Movies And Manga
Look for the adventures of Max, Angel, Fang, Iggy and the rest of the flock to hit the big screen in 2010 as Columbia Pictures acquires the rights to James Patterson wildy successful young adult series, Maximum Ride. Steering the transition is producer Avi Arad, no stranger to the genre coming off Marvel films such as Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man.
The Maximum Ride stories are spun-off from characters from two of James Patterson’s successful his adult novels, When the Wind Blows and The Lakehouse. These human/avian hybrids, which have been genetically engineered are all close to their teens, and not too dissimilar from the basic elements that are the core of the original X-Men. There are currently four Maximum Ride titles in print: The Angel Experiment, School’s Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports and The Final Warning. Book Five, Waterwings, is scheduled to hit shelves in March 2009.
Starting next year, there will also be a series of Maximum Ride graphic novels in manga form from Yen Press. A 22 page preview was released earlier this year on Free Comic Book Day.
When ComicMix met James Patterson in 2007, we asked him how long he planned for the series to last, Patterson told us that he would "keep going (with series) until (the characters) don’t have anything else to do." Patterson is also strongly involved in efforts to get children reading; you can see his latest efforts here.