Working Title Films hasacquired a spec script by Alex Garland (pictured) called Time Keepers. The script is an original story about two youngboys who discover that magic is not a myth but a reality and that they have astrange position within a secret and alternative history of the world.

Described as a scarier, morecomplex Goonies for the nextgeneration, Time Keepers will beproduced by Working Title in association with Barry Mendel Productions.

Barry Mendel (The SixthSense, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) will produce with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title.

It will fall under thecompany's deal with Universal Pictures, where executives on the project areScott Stuber, Donna Langley and Drew Crevello.

Working Title's Liza Chasinand Debra Hayward will act as executive producers on the film.

Garland's first two novels The Beach and The Tesseract were both filmed and he also wrote the script forDanny Boyle's zombie smash 28 Days Later.