Heat Vision is reporting that Universal Pictures is aiming to tap into the tween market by acquiring the feature film adaptation rights to Maximum Ride, which recently went into turnaround by Columbia Pictures. Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen) remains attached to direct with a new screenplay being penned by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Iron Man, Cowboys and Aliens). The books, which see Patterson in young-adult mode, chronicles six teens known as the Flock who are genetically altered so they are part human and part bird. Learning to fly, they escape the laboratory where they have been housed and are pursued by a pack of creatures called the Erasers that are part human and part wolf. Personally, I’d like to see Hardwicke tackle something completely out of the box, or just go back to doing teen drama.