A new chapter for The NeverEnding Story?

Leo DiCaprio is developing a reboot

Just when you thought there were no more kiddie fantasy tomes to mine for likely franchises, Warners’ development pickaxe strikes another – The NeverEnding Story.

The original film, which arrived in 1984 and was directed by Wolfgang Petersen, no less, was adapted from Michael Ende’s German novel.

It tells the story of Bastian Balthazar Bux (talk about vindictive parents!) a loner of a lad who escapes school bullies by delving into the titular book, which holds a parallel world.

As he makes his way through, he discovers that his life has become intertwined with the plot – in which a hero has to save the land of Fantasia from a growing darkness.

Clearly sensing Potter-like potential, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way has set up a production pact with The Kennedy/Marshall Company and Warners to dust off the book and give it a modern spin, while aiming to – we’re quoting here – “examine the more nuanced details of the book that were glossed over in the first pic”.

There are no writers and certainly no director attached at this stage – for all we know, it could vanish back into the mystical world of Developmentia, but if they have to revisit the universe, could it at least be better than the sequels?

[Source: THR]

What do you think? Do you remember the original? Can it work today?


    • ashley.russell

      Feb 26th 2009, 11:35

      the original films were rubbish when you watch them now. It could definitely be better.

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    • punchdrunklove

      Feb 26th 2009, 12:25

      WHAT WHAT WHAT!!!!! ASHLEY.RUSSELL are you blind man?!?! fair enough they didn't age well...but still the neverEnding story is never ending!!!! It's amazing you got ATREYU,FALCOR,JACK BLACK playing some awesome looking evil d****e and and you got Bastian Balthazar Bux and not forgetting the Darkness!!!! That thing scared me till last night!!! OH OH Don't remake this unless i am in this film!!!!

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    • Laurahitch

      Feb 26th 2009, 12:43

      It will be destroyed - part of what makes these films brilliant are the rough-around-the-edges special effects, and the overly cheesy storytelling. That's what makes them brilliant - the remake will no doubt be awful, and in the recent trend in films I'm sure there'll be some sort of dance number half way through, where atreyu meets the princess and they bust-a-move... Thank you High School Musical, kids films are forever destroyed.

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    • mattburgess

      Feb 26th 2009, 16:37

      This could be good, on two conditions; The tone is completely different. Leonardo DiCraprio has nothing to do with it.

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    • sarahmoose2000

      Feb 27th 2009, 13:03

      Ah...but will it have the class song, "Neverending Storrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyy"

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    • TinxWinx

      Jul 28th 2009, 23:01

      Along with the remake of the film, I am looking for a producer for The Neverending Story on stage at Javits Convention Center in New York City. Both an opera and ballet score have been composed by Siegfried Matthus. Please refer to my website for more details by following the link below. www.the-neverending-story.com

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