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"The Alchemist" Coming to the Big Screen

Posted: May 19th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"The Alchemist" Coming to the Big ScreenSubmit Comment
Harvey Weinstein will produce Paulo Coelho's international best-selling novel "The Alchemist" and The Weinstein Company will hold exclusive world-wide motion picture and television rights for the film.

Since its debut in Brazil in 1988, Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist" has captured the hearts and minds of millions of readers across the world selling over 30 million copies and reaching first place on best-seller lists in 18 countries. The book has also captivated a new generation of readers and has appeared on The New York Times bestseller list for 34 weeks, placing at #6 on this week's paperback trade fiction list.

The Weinstein Company is currently in negotiations with an Oscar-winning screenwriter to adapt the novel into a screenplay, which will be announced shortly. Production teams from past Weinstein produced films, such as "Gangs of New York," "Cold Mountain," "The English Patient," and "The Aviator," will be brought on board to work on the film. As producer, Harvey Weinstein has already begun to scout locations all over the world.

Various locations in Europe, as well as the Middle East, including Jordan, Abu Dhabi and Northern Africa will serve as backdrops for this global shoot. To join Laurence Fishburne in the cast, a search in Spain and Latin America for the role of Santiago will start shortly and other stars are expected to be announced to round out the cast.

Fishburne ("The Matrix" trilogy) will also direct the film.

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

Source: The Weinstein Company


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