According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has acquired the film rights to the best-selling children's series Cirque Du Freak by Irish author Darren Shan and has hired Brian Helgeland to adapt it.

Helgeland will adapt the first three books of the series for the feature and also will executive produce.

Helgeland won an Oscar for writing the screenplay to L.A. Confidential, and also was nominated for writing Mystic River. He also wrote and directed A Knight's Tale.