For those of you that have read the series, what do you think about this? For those that haven't read it, you should, very enjoyable. Although I should warn you the first 30 pages or so are a real downer. I forgot about that when recommending it to my wife and had her weeping and hitting me for making her read it...
'Mummy' Director Books Pass to 'Magic Kingdom'
Mon Feb 14,10:19 PM ET Movies - Reuters
By Borys Kit and Liza Foreman
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Mummy" director Stephen Sommers is about to weave some "Magic."
He is attached to direct a film based on the book series "Magic Kingdom for Sale" by noted fantasy author Terry Brooks. Universal acquired the rights, and has veteran scribes Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel to adapt the screenplay.
The series, the first volume of which was published in the late 1980s, tells the story of a widowed attorney who leaves his old life behind when he responds to a mysterious ad and spends his fortune to purchase a magical kingdom. He and his two children get more than they bargained for when they find the kingdom on the verge of chaos. A sixth installment of the series will be published next year.
"Magic Kingdom" could end up being the first movie Sommers directs that he didn't write.
"I usually write everything I direct, and I'm tired of working seven days a week," Sommers quipped. "It'll be fun to turn to Lowell and Babaloo and go, 'You figure it out."'
Sommers wrote and directed "The Mummy," "The Mummy Returns," and "Van Helsing" for Universal. He currently is writing and producing a "Flash Gordon" remake.
Ganz and Mandel's credits include the upcoming "Fever Pitch" and "Robots." They also are big in the rewrite world, having worked on "National Treasure" and "The Notebook."