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Read It Before They Screen It: The Last Campaign and Maximum Ride

A feature film focusing on the 82 days of Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential run is moving forward with director Chris Colombus. The movie will be based on the just-released biography The Last Campaign from Thurston Clarke.

Kennedy's idealistic campaign, which focused squarely on poverty, racism and ending the unpopular Vietnam War, resonated with Columbus and his 1492 partners. While losing his iconic brother made him wary of crowds, Kennedy refused to insulate himself from the public during his run.

"[B]eautifully written and emotionally powerful," declares the Christian Science Monitor. "Clarke's book will break your heart but it may also relieve your cynicism, reminding all of us that candidates need not pander to succeed."

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The bestselling Maximum Ride series from prolific author James Patterson will be getting a big screen adaptation courtesy of producer Avi Arad.

The protags are six children who have been genetically altered to be 98% human and 2% bird. The kids, who are bred to fly, escape a lab-rat existence and are then pursued by their scientist creators, who send a pack of part-human part-wolves called Erasers to hunt them down.

[....]'The Maximum Ride books use man-made mutation as a metaphor of humans trying to take advantage of human frailty and interfere with nature,' Avi Arad told Daily Variety.

"[An] exciting SF thriller," raves School Library Journal.

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Tavis adds content and edits images for Powells.com. His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.


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