Columbia developing Barry Sonnenfeld's Tom Swift movie

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Columbia Pictures has nabbed Swift, a pitch by Barry Sonnenfeld and Ben David Grabinski, which is described as a re-imagining of the boys' sci-fi Tom Swift adventure novels, Variety reported.

The project is being developed as a Sonnenfeld directing vehicle.

The Tom Swift character first appeared in a series of books that launched in 1910. The original books were outlined by Edward Stratemeyer, written by ghostwriters and credited to pseudonym Victor Appleton.

Sonnenfeld and Grabinski's version would feature Swift as one half of a father-son team who are among the greatest inventors of all time.

Albie Hecht (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events), who had been developing a Swift project of his own, will produce the project alongside Sonnenfeld.