According to The Hollywood Reporter, game show producer-turned-scribe Jay Wolpert has been hired to adapt Peter and the Starcatchers, the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, which Walt Disney Feature Animation is turning into a tentpole computer-animation feature.

The book explores the origins of Peter Pan in a tale set before the J.M. Barrie classic. Starcatchers centers on a young orphaned boy, Peter, who becomes a stow-away on a merchant ship in order to avoid a life of servitude. He gets more than he bargained for when he finds a hidden trunk full of the celestial substance starstuff, and when the shipment is hijacked, it is up to Peter to save the day.

The novel was published last year by Hyperion and spent 47 weeks on the best-seller list.

Brian B.