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Neal Shusterman Novel ‘Challenger Deep’ Aquired By Disney+, Being Adapted By ‘Toy Story 4’ Writer

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Disney’s streaming service Disney+ is launching in a few months and the studio is continuing to acquire properties to adapt. Now thanks to a new report from Deadline, Neal Shusterman’s novel Challenger Deep will come to life on the service.

According to the trade, Toy Story 4 scribe Will McCormack will write the script. It is unknown if this will be a series or a film, as well as if it is animated or live-action.

Trevor Engelson (Remember Me) and Josh McGuire (Heathens) at Underground are producing along with Disney-based Justin Springer, who most recently produced Dumbo. Disney exec Alison Erlikhman is shepherding.

Based on the Award Winning novel, Challenger Deep, the novel gracefully covers mental illness. Caden Bosch lives in two worlds; one is a life with family, friends and high school. It’s all good, but he’s paranoid for no reason, thinks people are trying to kill him, and demonstrates obsessive compulsive behaviors. In his other world, he’s part of the crew for a pirate captain on a voyage to the Challenger Deep, the ocean’s deepest trench. There is a captain and his mutinous parrot, and mutterings of his fellow shipmates as they sail uncharted waters toward unknown dangers, with Caden unable to understand. The author based the book on his own son’s schizoaffective disorder.

Disney+ launches on November 12, 2019.

Also set to debut on the service is Disney’s live-action Lady and the Tramp remake, Noelle, Magic Camp, The Mandalorian, Monsters At Work, High School Musical The Series, Stargirl, Diary of a Female President, Love, Simon, Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series, The Muppets, and more.

Source: Deadline

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