(Article by Tom G.) With great books, comes the great desire to turn them into movies. After all, if they worked on paper, why wouldn’t they be even better on screen. Who wants to imagine places and people, when actors and sets can fill in the blanks? Of course this theory is pretty rubbish, but producers love adapting a good novel (or if that fails, a bestselling novel)
But fortunately, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a book worth adapting. More of a philosophical and spiritual voyage than the filmmakers description of it being ‘Harry Potter meets Indiana Jones’, this story should nonetheless make a terrific (and visually stunning) movie.
This is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a worldly treasure as fabulous as any ever found. From his home in Spain, he journeys to the markets of Tangiers, and from there into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him
The biggest surprise however, is that Laurence Fishburne is not only penning the screenplay, but has decided to direct too. Clearly getting too big for his boots after his roles in Matrix Revolutions, Biker Boyz and Fantastic Four 2, it seems like Fishburne is calling all the shots here.
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