Shrek producer Aron Warner has optioned the rights to Paul Melko’s sci-fi novel The Walls of the Universe. According to Variety, “The sci-fi novel tracks the adventures of an Ohio high-schooler named John Rayburn as his parallel universe doppelganger, John Prime, hoodwinks him into switching places and strands him in John Prime’s universe.” Of course, the real joke is on John Prime who is forced to attend an Ohio high-school. This concludes me taking a shot at a state’s high-school system for no particular reason.
Shrek and Shrek 2 co-director Andrew Adamson will co-produce for Warner’s production company, Strange Weather. Warner says he thinks Walls “has a ton of potential to explore the idea of parallel universes in a personal way, like Back to the Future did with time travel.” I’m curious to see how this will compare to TV’s Fringe, which handles the parallel universe angle in an interesting way on a weekly basis.