Big things are expected of Paul Stewart
and Chris Ridell's newest
Barnaby is billed as being "a tick-tock lad,
running errands in his city, day and night,
and 'high-stacking' around
the rooftops in search of new mysteries
to solve". His first mystery
involves "The Curse of the Night
Wolf", and supposedly marks a
change of direction for the ever-busy
author/artist partnership of
Stewart and Ridell, in to the realms
of the horror-thriller. A second
adventure, "Return of the Emerald
Skull" has already been pencilled in
for January 2008. Barnaby high-stacks
his way into UK stores from
Goodness, book/film deals are all
the rage right now. The latest tome
to hit the movie trades is Derek Landy's
Skulduggery Pleasant. Apparently,
Warner Bros. have won the bidding
for rights to the book and all future entries
in the series (possibly up to nine
more titles!). Which is terrific. Derek
Landy hails from a scriptwriting background
and his book reads just like
a movie. His boney hero could look
fabulous on the Big Screen. According
Pete Czerin and Graham Broadbent of Blueprint Pictures are
set to produce the first comic-horror adventure, with
adapting the story...
EMBERS OF A FILM
Walden Media are bringing Jeanne DuPrau's
City of Ember
the big screen. First published in
2003, "The City of Ember" is the
first of three adventures set
in a pitch dark realm, where the only
source of light comes from a failing
power plant. The new film will
be directed by Gil Kenan ("Monster
House") and produced by Walden
Media and Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks (yes,
that Tom Hanks)
via their company Playtone. What's more,
a release date of October
10th 2008 has already been pencilled in
to the schedules. Walden
Media are, of course, the folks behind
the new "Narnia" films and the
recent adaptation of "Bridge
to Terabithia". They're currently filiming
Susan Cooper's classic The
Dark is Rising
with Ian McShane and
Christopher Ecclestone in the cast, and
their busy slate also includes
forthcoming film versions of Wendy
and Edward Gorey's The
- the latter being brought to life with the help of
the Jim Henson Co...
Crikey, New Line cinema aren't hanging
around. They've already hired a
screenwriter for the movie adaptation
Alchemyst: The Secrets of the
Immortal Nicholas Flamel. That's the hot new novel from Michael
Scott which doesn't even hit book stores
until the latter half of the month.
The hired hand is Eric Bress, who's probably best
known in the UK as
being the co-writer and co-director of
the "The Butterfly Effect", and
co-writer of "Final Destination".
As for "The Alchemyst", well, it's the
first in a series of adventures which teams
the immortal Mr Flamel with
a pair of young teenagers as they're
pursued across the America by an
array of mythological creatures...
The first "Golden Compass" film
poster has been revealed this week.
rather smart, as it goes, with Lyra and Iorek the warrior bear
in a suitably snowy scenario. New
Line's multi-million adaptation of
Philip Pullman's celebrated book reaches
cinemas on December 7th.
and if it's as good as this first
imagery suggests, it could be a fabulous
Christmas present for us. Which would
be a huge relief. Adapting the
"Dark Materials" books into
a film trilogy is a perilous process,
given the provocative themes within
them. Will it all be watered down,
or worse, filtered out altogether
in the name of Family Entertainment...?
Once again, it seems the world has
gone potty for Harry Potter.
revealed that US pre-orders for "Harry Potter and
the Deathly Hallows" have already
passed the 1m mark - the milestone
being reached just 94 days after the
publication date was announced.
Compare that to "Half Blood Prince"
which reached the same total in.
Meanwhile, here in the UK, Amazon pre-sales have just whizzed
beyond the quarter million mark too.
That's an awful lot of books,
and we're still two months away from
publication. Have you ordered
Look out for Michael Scott's novel
Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal
Nicholas Flamel which reaches UK stores 24th May. There was
a big hoo-hah about the title last
November, when the film rights were
sold to New Line for a pretty penny, in
advance of publication.
Nicholas Flamel was, of course, a very
real historical wizard
conspiring for eternal life. Scott takes
the fellow's work and runs
with it, headlong in to a modern-day
Want to grab yourself a collectable
book? - Dean Vincent Carter
is selling a limited number of signed
and numbered copies
of his second novel, "The Hunting
his web site.
Needless to say, the Gnome's already bagged
himself a copy...
FILM - BY ZEUS!
Rick Riordan's moving Heaven and Earth
in the movie world this
month, with news that his first Percy
Jackson book, The
is being adapted into a film by none other
than Chris Columbus, of
"Harry Potter" fame. Meanwhile,
the third Percy Jackson adventure The
is now upon us...
At last! - Steve Augarde has given
us a sneaky-peek at the cover
for the third book in his "Various"
trilogy. These terrific books focus
on the adventures of the last of the Little
People, and "Winter Wood"
will round off the adventures begun
in "The Various" and its prequel
"Celandine". Check out the mock-up
on Steve's rather
Move over Harry Potter, Skulduggery
Pleasant has arrived. Mr Pleasant is
a sharptalking skeleton detective. No,
he doesn't detect our skeletal friends,
he is a skeleton. And somehow he's
got himself mixed up with young
Stephanie and a dark plot that will throw
the world into chaos. Harper Collins
are giving Derek Landy's creation
a big, big push this Spring. Hence the
promo video, above. But does it live
up to all the hype...?