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