Have you heard of The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik? Probably not. The young adult novel by David Arnold has yet to hit the shelves… but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t already have a film deal. (Such is the nature of Hollywood and the publishing industry, these days.)
According to Variety, Paramount has acquired the rights and is beginning to develop the teen-geared novel. The studio has begun seeking writers to adapt the book from the Kids of Appetite and Mosquitoland author into a script. Here’s the official description of the surrealist story:
This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend. Then Noah → gets hypnotized. Now Noah → sees changes: his mother has a scar on her face that wasn’t there before; his old dog, who once walked with a limp, is suddenly lithe; his best friend, a lifelong DC Comics disciple, now rotates in the Marvel universe. Subtle behaviors, bits of history, plans for the future—everything in Noah’s world has been rewritten. Everything except his Strange Fascinations . . .
A stunning surrealist portrait, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is a story about all the ways we hurt our friends without knowing it, and all the ways they stick around to save us.
The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotikwill be published by Viking in May, and is now available for pre-order. More news on the movie development as we hear it.