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Posted on 2004.18.10 at 08:13
How I feel about it all: excitedexcited
Soundtrack: Arlo Guthrie - Gabriel's Mother's Highway Ballad #16 Blues
From Variety.com:


New Line in fantasy land again
Third big genre title secured by studio since 'Rings'

By MICHAEL FLEMING, ADAM DAWTREY


Fortifying its stock of fantasy fare after "The Lord of the Rings," New Line has made a preemptive deal worth high-six against seven figures for screen rights to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell the bestselling fantasy novel by Susanna Clarke.
Deal marks the third significant fantasy title secured by the studio in the wake of its billion-dollar 'Rings' trilogy. Studio toppers Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne and Toby Emmerich are now reading Chris Weitz' first draft of "The Golden Compass," the start of the Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials, which Weitz will direct. The studio is searching for a writer for Inkheart, the fantasy franchise by German author Cornelia Funke that it recently acquired.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has become a bestseller in both the U.S. and U.K. Story, set in 19th century England, is about a master practitioner of real magic and his apprentice, who share an uneasy alliance when they channel their powers in the war effort against Napoleon. One of them goes too far, tapping into an alternate dimension to bring a person back from the dead.

Book is the first novel by Clarke, a former cookbook editor at Simon & Schuster. She will be a producer on the film along with Nick Marston. Pic will be produced through Cuba Pictures, a company formed as an offshoot of Brit lit agency Curtis Brown.

Acquisition was spearheaded by New Line exec veep Mark Ordesky and senior veep of European production Ileen Maisel. Ordesky was the exec most closely aligned with "Lord of the Rings." He and Maisel recently switched from Fine Line to New Line, and they've made fantasy epics a mandate. Both were instrumental in the deals for His Dark Materials and Inkheart.

"Like Tolkien, Clarke has written a book that has its own mythology in a parallel world, with its own land and rules," Ordesky said.


Original article here, recopied so you don't have to watch the annoying moviefone advert. :/

The idea of a film version of Jonathan Strange is way cool, but OMGOMGOMG a His Dark Materials film?. That is cool and wonderful and scary to think about all at once.

Comments:


Irina
irinaauthor at 2004-10-18 07:08 (UTC) ()
Oh my God! A Jonathan Strange movie! That is the best news I've heard all day!
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2004-10-18 10:39 (UTC) ()
Yeah. Now we can start making our fantasy cast so we'll be entirely pissed off when the real cast is announced.

Irina
irinaauthor at 2004-10-18 10:43 (UTC) ()
Hee! I think Christopher Eccleston is pretty much exactly how I pictured Jonathan Strange. Jennifer Ehle for Mrs. Strange. I don't have a Mr. Norrell in mind, though. Do you?
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2004-10-18 11:46 (UTC) ()
OMG, Christopher Eccleston. Yes, yes!

Nope, no ideas on Mr. Norrell. *thinks*
Heart of Wine
heart_of_wine at 2004-10-18 10:39 (UTC) ()
*screeches in excitement* I can't wait to see Will! And Lyra!!!! And their daemons! And what about those really cool wheely creatures?

It seems like they don't have an official release date for the movie... I wonder when they will.

Thanks for the great news!

Elia
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2004-10-18 10:40 (UTC) ()
My LJ-less friend sent it to me. I've been trying to get her to get one, but she says she's "too busy". :/
Drowned Girl Fuschia
fuschia at 2004-10-18 16:59 (UTC) ()
Oooh on both counts. I stayed up *way* too late last night reading "Jonathan Strange..."



Fuschia
I'm just a maverick hockey mom from Alaska!
punkypower414 at 2004-10-18 17:27 (UTC) ()

Totally off-topic, but...

Have you seen this before?

"Boston sports teams are like men in relationships. The Patriots are like the new boyfriend that you really like. He's awesome but almost too good to be true, so you worry. The Bruins are like the guy you just casually dated and don't really care about, but he's something to do. The Celtics are like the marriage that was great at one time but has lost its spark and you always look back and think about how great it used to be. And the Sox are the hardcore abusive husband who just absolutely beats the shit out of you but, day after day, you go back to him because you believe that tomorrow will be different and you just love him too much."

That about sums up New England sports.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2004-10-19 03:27 (UTC) ()

Re: Totally off-topic, but...

*g*

Yep.

Although I don't like basketball at all. Blech. The attitudes of the players are just too much to take.
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