'Go Mutants!' Finds A Home At Universal

Larry DoyleNovelist Larry Doyle must be flying pretty high right now. After all, the guy hasn't even finished his current work-in-progress, "Go Mutants!" and it's already been picked up for a silver screen treatment. He'll have to do double-duty now, penning out a script as he completes the book. I think he'll somehow find a way to manage.

The story is described by Variety as a "teen comedy/adventure set in a high school." Expect both film and book to draw heavily from classic Hollywood sci-fi; the idea behind "Go Mutants!" is that "all the tropes from classic 1950s alien invasion movies came true." Things are taken a step further than that even: years after the initial invasions, human and alien societies have commingled to the point that their children go to school together.

Universal snatched up the rights to "Go Mutants!" with Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment set to produce. The book, which Doyle will finish this summer as he starts work on the script, is planned for a summer 2010 publish. Presumably the film's release will not follow far behind.

You may not be immediately familiar with the name, but Doyle has a rather interesting background. He wrote the scripts for "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" and "Duplex," and an adaptation of his 2007 debut novel "I Love You, Beth Cooper," starring Hayden Panettiere and Paul Rust, is set for a July 10 release. Doyle also has a fair bit of experience in the TV world, having written multiple episodes of both "The Simpsons" and MTV's classic "Beavis & Butthead."

Are you familiar with Doyle's work? Does the "Go Mutants!" sound like an idea you can get on board with? Excited to see "Beth Cooper" in a few weeks?