Producers Christian Taylor (Hick) and Eva Orner (Taxi to the Darkside) have picked up rights to the young adult novel Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel.
Half Brother coming to bigscreen
According to Variety, the coming-of-age story is set in the 1970s, and explores the bond between a teenage boy and a chimpanzee, as well as the ethical implications of animal research. Raised by the boy's family as part of a study, the chimp quickly becomes a media sensation, but when the project loses its funding the teen must risk everything to save the animal.
Producers are in the process of finding a writer and distribution partner for the project, which is said to feature a magical quality reminiscent of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
No production date has been set.