Wyndham set for revival

<p>The work of <em>The Day of the Triffids</em> author, John Wyndham, is set to undergo a revival, with Steven Spielberg-owned company Dreamworks snapping up the rights to his 1968 novel <em>Chocky</em>.</p><p>Lesley Pollinger, m.d. of agency Pollinger, which handles the literary estate of the late author, sold the TV and film rights to <em>Chocky</em> on behalf of the owners, the producer Peter Rogers, the estate of John Wyndham and Richard Bates. </p><p>Pollinger said that Dreamworks paid &quot;megabucks . . . even at the present rubbish pound/dollar exchange rate&rdquo; for the rights, but that they remain &quot;cagey&rdquo; as to whether Spielberg would direct.</p><p><em>Chocky</em> is a science-fiction novel about a young boy who appears to have an imaginary friend, but it is later revealed that he is in fact taken over by an alien entity&mdash;a fact interesting to shadowy government agents. It was made into a children&rsquo;s TV series by Thames Television in the 1980s.</p><p>Pollinger said that she was hoping there would be a big revival&rdquo; of Wyndham&rsquo;s work in the US, with plans to republish his novels. They are all still in print, published by Penguin.<br /></p>