I knew Rick Riordan as an adult mystery writer long before he started writing kid's books. I remember seeing him and Sue Henry read at our tiny bookstore Murder by the Book with maybe 12 people in attendance. (Harper Collins once sent me Sue's fan mail - we aren't related.) When I started hearing about Rick's book for kids, I emailed my congratulations to him. He told me then that there was movie interest from the people involved with Shrek. And now I read, "Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; Home Alone) has signed on to direct and produce The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan's Greek mythology fantasy. The film will be made for Fox 2000 through Columbus's 1492 Pictures company. Maverick's Greg Mooradian and Karen Rosenfilt will also produce."