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Read It Before They Screen It: The Alchemist, Ubik, and Two from DeLillo

The beloved worldwide bestseller by Paulo Coelho will finally get translated to the screen.

Laurence Fishburne has long held the screen rights to The Alchemist, and it looks like he may get a chance to direct and star in the sixty million dollar production.

The LA Times reports:

Harvey Weinstein...will oversee production...expected to begin production this spring in various locations in Europe as well as the Middle East, including Jordan, Abu Dhabi and northern Africa.

The story follows an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure, and as he does, he picks up the essential wisdom of reading omens and following one's dreams.

Coelho's more recent novel, Veronika Decides to Die, is also in production.

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Translating Philip K. Dick can be a tricky endeavor, but the upcoming adaptation of Ubik has the blessings of the late author's daughter, Ilsa Dick Hackett.

She comments in Variety:

Our dad very much wanted this novel to be reimagined in this way and we are happy to be partnering with Celluloid Dreams, whose overall vision and appreciation of the material is consistent with our own.

Time magazine placed Ubik on a list of the top 100 English-language novels.

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Feature film rights have been picked up for Don DeLillo's short novel Cosmopolis.

Producer Paulo Bronco has been shopping for a director at this year's Cannes film festival.

Cosmopolis is a day-in-the-life story that reflects the paradoxes of modern society, turning on a 28-year-old multi-billionaire in Manhattan shuttling around in his limousine, addressing sundry subjects.

"[B]leakly funny," proclaims Kirkus Reviews. "The tale is ingenious and amusing, and there's a chilling logic to its eloquent climax."

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Though not always a trustworthy source, the IMDb has another DeLillo adaptation listed for release — End Zone.

The tale of a West Texas college football player's fascination with nuclear war will apparently star Josh Hartnett and Sam Rockwell.

To date the only thing DeLillo has written that has made it to the big screen is his script for the film Game 6 — the story of a playwright obsessed with the Boston Red Sox and the 1986 World Series.

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Tavis adds content and edits images for Powells.com. His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.


Books mentioned in this post

  1. The Alchemist (Insight)
    Used Trade Paper $7.50
  2. Ubik
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  3. Cosmopolis: A Novel Used Trade Paper $6.50
  4. End Zone Used Trade Paper $8.00



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