Chasing Vermeer: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired Scholastic's best-selling children's' book "Chasing Vermeer" for Plan B to produce and has tapped writer Matt Nix to adapt.
Described as a "Da Vinci Code" for tweens, "Vermeer" is a mystery adventure that revolves around a boy and girl who attend the University of Chicago's Laboratory Schools, a school for the gifted. The two sixth graders team up to solve the theft of a painting by 17th century painter Johannes Vermeer.
The book was written by Blue Balliet, a former teacher at the Laboratory Schools, and featured codes and clues in the illustrations by Brett Helquist, artist of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The book was acquired by Scholastic in a bidding war back in 2001. It was published in April and debuted at No. 5 on the New York Times children's best-seller list.