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Screen Adaptation Of James Patterson’s ‘Maximum Ride’ Series To Start Pre-Production

October 27, 2012
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The highly popular series by best-selling author James Patterson is on its way to the big screen.

Maximum Ride is divided into 8 books telling the story of Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gazzy and Angel collectively known as ‘The Flock’. These kids are not ordinary kids though, they are human-avian hybrids created in a lab by evil scientists. That’s right, they can all fly, as well as a variety of other powers that each of they develop as the adventure progresses.

“Six children genetically cross-bred with avian DNA, complete with wings, take flight cross-country to discover their origins.”

Author James Patterson was recently named as #1 Highest Paid Author of 2012:

“The crime novelist ranked as No. 1 on Forbes’ list. This should come as no surprise considering that Patterson published 13 novels this year, including a new installment in his “Alex Cross” series, about a psychologist who often works with the government. Titles of his such as “Along Came a Spider” have been adapted for TV and film, and a movie adaptation of his “Maximum Ride” series is planned for 2013. Forbes estimates Patterson’s 2012 earnings at $94 million”

Columbia Pictures was reported to acquire screen rights to Maximum Ride in early 2010, but according to the series Official Facebook Page it looks like they have moved to Universal Pictures.

Seaside Entertainment’s Avi Arad (X-Men, Spider Man) Ari Arad, and Steven Paul will produce. Don Payne (Rise of The Silver Surfer, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Simpsons) is in charge of the screenplay. James Patterson will be executive producing, so hopefully the film will remain true to the original story. Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), and  James Patterson have been rumored to direct.

Maximum Ride has an estimated release of 2014, and it’s expected to begin filming in early 2013 with a yet-to-be-announced cast.

Some fans have picked Saoirse Ronan, Alex Pettyfer, Colin Ford, Emma Rayne Lyle, Willow Smith, and Josh Hutcherson for the main characters. Who would YOU cast for each role? Sound off in the comments section below!


Kathy is a screenwriter, actress and blogger. On her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, drinking coffee, observing people and watching movies to satisfy her inner film nerd.


  • Chela Madison

    Ooo!! Cool to get new developments!!

  • MajorFilmFan

    @Chela I absolutely agree! I’ve been watching and waiting for this movie for a few years!

  • Misty Voss

    Please choose Josh Hutcherson as Fang or Dylan thanks.

  • Julia

    I think that Emma Rayne Lyle should play angel, Maxwell Perry Cotton should play gazzy, Munro Chambers should play fang, McKaley Miller should play max

  • Trix

    Has anyone watched the Piera Forde videos? I LOVE the actors in them!!! Please Please check them out!!! And can we not choose any famous actors for the movie? I want some new guys. Josh Hutcherson as Fang? Uh, No.

  • Awesome Pants

    I hope the kids on the covers of the books are in the movie cause ive gotten used to them. and i hope they dont butcher the movie like the butchered percy jackson. Follow the storyline!

  • Anonymous

    Have josh hutcherson as fang that would be awsome!!!

  • MoMoE

    Have josh hutcherson as fang that would be awsome!!!

  • MoMoE

    I totally agree with anonymous I think that josh hutcherson would play a great fang so please please please have him be fang!!!!

  • MARI

    NO PLEASE ! FIND PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FAMOUSE !!!! Putting people who have been in other movies kill the whole thing , its like having Kristen Stewart & Rob P. as Max and FANG . DO NOT KILL THIS MOVIE FOR ME . I beg that james Patterson is smart enough to wind new people . I WANT TO SEE NEW FACES !

  • Anonymous

    Saoirse Ronan as Max please!!! :))

  • still_wating

    please tell us the release date! me and my friends are dying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Luna

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE H! I ABSOULTELY LOVE MAXIMUM RIDE THE MOVIES ALWAYS ALWAYS KILL THE BOOKS. THIS SUCKS! MAKING A MOVIE WILL JUST RUIN THE BOOK SINCE THEY HAVE A TWO HOUR LIMIT AND THERE ARE EIGHT BOOKS! ITS LIKE HOW THEY RUINED CIRQUE DU FREAK AND TWILIGHT AND THE HUNGER GAMES!

  • Guest

    Sierra Norman for Max!

  • Stephanie Scott

    Sierra Norman for Maximum Ride!

  • Cat

    i think Josh sould be dylan and Avan Jogia should be fang! i just so excited theres a movie!

  • Cat

    i dont like Sierra…

  • Cat

    no i want to see how James Patterson brings the characters to live! it will make it so much better! yeah books are always better! but now we have a living Max and Fang! :)

  • Lexi

    IF Zach Porter was a actor along with being a musician, and was blonde, he could play Dylan. Dylan IS supposed to be cute.. plus the actor has to be a good singer.
    I agree with Saorise as Max.

  • Catia

    I would love to play Nudge, it would be a dream come true! I love her!

  • jayleenirisen

    want to know who i think should play fang? Steven r. Mcqueen. He plays Jeremy Gilbert in The Vampire Diaries. I’m telling u. I cant wait for it to come out. ive been waiting for over 2 years now. I hope they make he movies as good as the books.

  • jayleenirisen

    no thank you. not to be rude, but he was never the strong and silent type in movies.

  • jayleenirisen

    like i said, he should play fang

  • jayleenirisen

    Dylan is blonde and way hotter than that old timer. Bring in some fresh meat that other girls like my best friend and i will drool over.

  • jayleenirisen

    I love them too! They are such great actors. I was wishing to be out there and play in one of their episodes.

  • jayleenirisen

    ditto

  • jayleenirisen

    No. I like how you actually posted something about Dylan though, everyone seems to forget about him

  • jayleenirisen

    okay yall. Here’s the one character you guys are forgetting: NUDGE. She’s alwaysa so nice and is the peacemaker of the Flock. Who’s gonna play her?

  • jayleenirisen

    supposed to be this year.

  • divinerpgplayer

    I agree that usually movies do ruin the series, but that’s because different people are directing the movie. Since James Patterson is directing it, I think the movie will be great and accurate.

  • Piéra Forde

    You guys are too sweet! Thank you so much for the support! – Piéra