Netflix & Forest Whitaker Team for “Hello, Universe”

Netflix and Forest Whitaker are adapting Erin Entrada Kelly’s best-selling novel, Hello, Universe,

News of the collaboration was announced by the streaming giant Wednesday. The film joins Netflix’s growing repertoire of live-action family movies, which includes Tall Girl, directed by Nzingha Stewart, and A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, helmed by Rachel Talalay.

Adapting the novel is screenplay is Always Be My Baby scribe Michael Golamco. Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi of Significant Productions will produce the feature. 

The will center on a bully’s antics landing a timid boy in the bottom of a well, leading to his self-proclaimed psychic friend and unknowing crush teaming up to find him. The story is told from four intertwining points of view — two boys and two girls. 

Whitaker’s other producing credits include Fruitvale Station and Roxanne Roxanne.