Compass may have tanked big-time at the box office, but fantasy is still
the next best thing in Hollywood. So expect all these fantasy properties
listed here to be fast-tracked once Prince Caspian turns out to be a big
hit . . .
The story centers on a young Spaniard who embarks on a quest to find a
hidden treasure within the Egyptian pyramids. Since its debut in 1988,
this adventure novel by Paulo Coelho has sold more than 40 million copies
in over 150 countries which makes it a given that it would be given the
big screen treatment by Hollywood.
Who’s involved? Actor Laurence Fishburne will write and
Elric is based on a series of books by Michael Moorcock. The character of
Elric of Melnibone, aka The White Wolf, first appeared in 1961. He was the
subject of more than a dozen books, but this will be the first time that
the character has been brought to the big screen.
Who’s involved? Chris Weitz, the director of
Golden Compass. Weitz told Empire
Online, “Of the great classic fantasy series it's the one that hasn't been
done yet. My brother Paul and I liked those books growing up and we've met
Michael Moorcock and he trusts us to take those books forward.” One has to
wonder though whether anyone will trust Weitz with loads of money to make
a major fantasy movie now that Golden Compass tanked at the box office –
so don’t expect to see this one gracing the screens at your local
An epic fantasy/adventure based on the popular video game series.
According to a user at IMDb.com: “Thrall will be in the movie. It will be
told primarily from the Alliance point of view. The time of the movie is
set about one year before World of Warcraft begins. The film is
mainly about cultures in conflict. It won't be an adventure movie like
LoTR, more of a war film . . .”
Who’s involved? They’re still looking for a director. Maybe
they should get Uwe Boll . . . just kidding!
Other fantasy novels to be filmed
Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Septimus Heap: Magyk by Angie Sage
The Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Autumn Twilight by
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Wolf Brother by Michelle
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Wheel of Time: The Eye of the Wolf by Robert Jordan
The Wardstone Chronicles, aka The Spook Books by Joseph
Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS
This book, released in 2006, focuses on three strangers - John, Jack and
Charles - in London during World War I; they become entrusted with the
Imaginarium Geographica, an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed
in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. The Hollywood Reporter adds they
end up traveling to the Archipelago of Dreams, fighting the dark forces
that threaten two worlds. It is later revealed that the three are future
fantasy authors J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, who met
in real life at Oxford and enjoyed a competitive friendship.
Who’s involved? Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up the
rights to the novel; David Heyman and David Goyer will serve as producers
on the film.
THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA
Based on Terry Brooks’ bestselling fantasy series The Shannara is
set some thousand years in the future, when elves, gnomes, and dwarfs rule
the planet. The Shannara family is a half-elf, half-man group of nomads
with special powers. They are called upon to save the world. Brooks' books
are the second best selling fantasy series after Harry Potter. Rumor has
it that the author was trying to avoid a big screen adaptation, but
producers finally wore him down. The first film will be The Elfstones
Who’s involved? Warner Bros. who’s filming the Harry Potter
books bought the rights. Mike Newell who directed
and the Goblet of Fire and Four
Weddings and a Funeral is set to direct. This one looks like its
definitely going to happen. Word has it that another book in the series,
The Sword of Shannara is already set for a 2010 release.
THE DARK TOWER
Stephen King’s seven-book Dark tower series blends fantasy, sci-fi, horror
and Western genre elements.
Who’s involved? Stephen King and
Lost producer J.J. Abrams
are planning on adapting King's Dark Tower book series for either a
TV miniseries or film.
BOOK OF LOST THINGS
John Connolly's novel The Book of Lost Things revolves around a
young English boy who is dealing with the loss of his birth mother while
adjusting to a new step mom. He soon discovers a portal in his bedroom
that opens up to a land of horrible beasts and monsters. The boy gets
stuck there, and must battle his way back to civilization.
Who’s involved? The Omen remake director John Moore
has bought the rights for the book and plans to shoot it himself.
THE ALCHEMYST: SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS
Not to be confused with The Alchemist, this movie will be based on
Michael Scott's 2007 young-adult fantasy book series The Immortal
Nicholas Flamel. The story revolves around a pair of teenage fraternal
twins who find themselves caught up in an age-old battle between good and
evil as they race across America learning the ancient ways of magic. Along
the way they are hunted by creatures and beings from the mythologies of a
dozen nations. Nicholas Flamel, a 600-year-old man who looks to be 50,
serves as their teacher and guide.
Who’s involved? Eric Bress will write the screenplay for New
Line Cinema. Bress created the TV series Kyle XY with frequent
collaborator J. Mackye Gruber, is the co-writer and co-director of New
Line's The Butterfly Effect and the
co-writer of the studio's Final Destination.
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