Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Alchemist: coming to a silver screen near you

I came across this story on Bookninja's remainders round-up today about how Laurence Fishburne is going to adapt and direct the film version of Paolo Coehlo's The Alchemist, one of my favourite books ever.

Fishburne is teaming with one of the producers of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Barry Osborne, to bring The Alchemist to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmakers want to turn the book into "a Harry Potter meets Indiana Jones" sweeping adventure.

The last bit concerns me since I've read the book twice - and will probably read it many times more in the future, it's THAT kind of book - and not once did it ever strike me as "a Harry Potter meets Indiana Jones" kind of movie. I hope they don't screw up a perfectly simple, lovely story.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading "The Alchemist" myself and I agree. It's more like "The Little Prince", than Indiana Jones! I saw it as being very zen. Sounds like they're looking to turn it into a commercial hit. Too bad.

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