The Book: The Shadowmancer quartet is a Christian allegory disguised as a fantasy adventure, in which a trio of 18th Century kids team up to save the world from the dark magic of a fallen priest. Hidden agenda or no hidden agenda, a rip-roaring plot meant it topped the UK book charts for 15 weeks back in 2003.
Potter Factor: What with its proliferation of magic and wizardry, Shadowmancer has often been described as “the Christian Harry Potter.” Dream Cast: Unknowns for the kiddies, Tom Hardy as rakish smuggler Jacob Crane and Ian McShane as Obeddiah Demurral, the big bad of the series.
Directed By: Religious film, packed with action? Sounds like a job for Mel Gibson! Or maybe not…
Radcliffe Cameo Potential: Radcliffe shows face as cabin boy on Hardy’s ship.