Hayden Christensen to star in film of Gould's "Jumper"

There's a feature film being made out of Jumper, one of the best science fiction adventure novels I've ever read. Jumper is a textbook example of how to do sf adventure right: get a great conceit (a kid can teleport to any place he can visualize), work out some of the science implications (going from sealevel to a mountaintop can blow out your eardrums), the social implications (live in NYC, but jump to Disney World every morning to get a couple rides in before the crowds get thick), and the family implications (what would you do to your abusive alky dad if you were a 17-year-old teleport runaway?) — throw it all together with one of the most memorable characters this side of Daniel Pinkwater, and you've got a fantastic novel.

Please, Hollywood, I know you and I don't get along, but I'd consider it a personal favor if you could make the film version not suck!

Star Wars' Hayden Christensen will star in Jumper, Regency Enterprises' big-budget SF thriller being directed by Doug Liman, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Regency has partnered with 20th Century Fox to finance the production, which sources told the trade paper is budgeted in the $100 million range.


See also: Reflex: brilliant, page-turning sequel to Jumper

(Thanks, Owen!)