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Steven Spielberg Gets A Clue

by Kasey McDonald June 26, 2008 11:32 am
Steven Spielberg Gets A Clue

...or 39 of them. Spielberg's DreamWorks has acquired the rights to The 39 Clues, what Variety describes as "a multiplatform adventure series." As yet The 39 Clues is a 10-book series, the first of which, The Maze of Bones, will be released on September 9th of this year by Scholastic. The "multiplatform" part seems to include a set of collectible cards, an online game where young readers can try to solve a mystery for a $10,000 grand prize, and obviously, the Spielberg flick. Which, according to DreamWorks' co-chair, may not be the only one coming to the big screen. "There is enough material here for three or four movies," Stacey Snider told Variety, adding, "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." Ouch.

All the "material" she speaks of is to be found in the books, which chronicle the most powerful family in the world, the Cahills (of which Napoleon and Houdini were members). The series challenges young readers to discover the source of the family's powers as revealed through thirty-nine clues that are hidden around the globe and scattered throughout history. The jaded adult in me can only venture a guess as to the source of the family's power: Money. Lots and lots of money. You read it here first.

For his part, Spielberg has released a statement explaining that the series takes "creative leaps to expand the story experience from the pages of the books to multiple stages of discovery and imagination." That said, a book series, movies, online games and collectible cards all sound great, but Harry Potter already kind of has 39 Clues by the balls. The HP franchise boasts all of those things plus jelly beans in infinite flavors -- these books don't even have 40 clues. Then again, perhaps all that crap is what it takes to get kids to read these days, in which case, I'm all for it. I just wonder if that 10 grand prize has any age restrictions.

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