EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has set Brett Ratner to direct The 39 Clues, the live-action adaptation of the bestselling young-adult Scholastic Media book series, online game and card collection. The series, which just had its 11th installment published, focuses on the most powerful family in the world, the Cahills, and the books give clues as to the secret of the clan’s power. When DreamWorks partners Stacey Snider and Steven Spielberg set up the project in 2008, it was developed as a directing vehicle for Spielberg. He’s been busy, moving from War Horse to the Daniel Day-Lewis starrer Lincoln.
The script has been written by Jeff Nathanson, who has collaborated with Ratner on the Rush Hour films and most recently on Tower Heist, the Universal Pictures film that Ratner just directed and which will be released Nov. 4, with Ben Stiller starring alongside Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck and Tea Leoni. Scholastic Media’s Deborah Forte and Spielberg are producing The 39 Clues with Nathanson. Ratner’s repped by CAA.