Universal is eyeing James Patterson's book Maximum Ride, which Columbia was previously developing. Catherine Hardwicke remains attached to direct, according to Heat Vision.

Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby will be developing a new script.

The books chronicle six teens known as the Flock who are genetically altered so they are part human and part bird. Learning to fly, they escape the laboratory where they have been housed and are pursued by a pack of creatures called the Erasers that are part human and part wolf.

No production date has been set.