Universal Pictures has bought the rights to Neal Shusterman's novel, Everlost.

Gary Ross is set to direct and produce through his Larger Than Life banner; Variety reports Shusterman will write the script that focuses on Nick and Allie, teenage passengers in cars that collide. They meet in a netherworld known as Everlost; unsure if they're alive, the teens try to navigate an odd world that is populated by young people from different historical periods, with a couple of baddies in the mix.

The first in the children's series, Universal is hoping Everlost could blossom into a franchise. No word on a production schedule.