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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

4th Of July News & Tidbits

First off, to everyone that applies, Happy Independence Day!!! News wise, it’s been a little slow, but here are some tidbits for you:

Millennium Films (16 Blocks, Wicker Man) has acquired the rights to John Burdett’sBangkok 8”, a mystery-thriller that centers on Thai Buddhist detective, Sonchai Jitleecheep, and is the first in a series that includes “Bangkok Tattoo” and the recently released “Bangkok Haunts”. James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, The Invasion) is set to direct.

Paulo Coelho’sThe Alchemist”, which is based on Jorge Luis Borges’Tale of Two Dreamers”, which in turn was based on a tale from “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights”, is coming to the big screen courtesy of A-Mark Entertainment (Alpha Dog, Camille) and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix Trilogy), who wrote the screenplay and will direct.

Founded in June 2005 by Ross Richie (Malibu Comics) and Andrew Cosby (Eureka, Haunted, Damned Nation), BOOM! Studios (Hero Squared, Warhammer, Stardust Kid) is an up-and-coming independent comic book publisher that has been receiving rave reviews from fans & critics alike. The company has also attracted the attention of Hollywood with both “Tag” and “Talent” already snatched up by Universal, while “The Foundation”, an upcoming five-issue mini-series written by John Rozum (X-Files, Midnight Mass) and drawn by creator Kody Chamberlain (30 Days of Night, Tag), was picked up by Paramount. The comic book is described as the following:

History shows that in the 1500s, Nostradamus' three volumes of prophesies were best-sellers, making him a rich man. But what the world doesn't know is he took his vast treasure trove of riches and invested them in creating a foundation to prevent his prophesies from occurring... This secret team still functions today, using Nostradamus' published and unpublished tomes to predict threats to worldwide security! In the vein of The X-Files, but with a 24-like spin!

Kem Nunn, author of such novels as “Tapping the Source”, “Tijuana Straits” & “Dogs of Winter”, and contributing writer of HBO’s Deadwood and the forthcoming John of Cincinnati, recently sold his book “Pomona Queen” to Shoreline Entertainment. The crime-thriller will be helmed by Jeremiah Chechik (Benny and Joon, Diabolique).

Over at The Fantasy Review there’s a GIVEAWAY for the first two issues of The Sworn Sword comic book by Dabel Brothers Productions, which of course, is an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s short story of the same name. Winners will be announced on July 9, 2007.

Also, Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review is hosting a giveaway for TEN Signed Copies of “Saturn Returns” by Sean Williams. Click HERE for more information, and this giveaway also ends on July 9, 2007.

Finally, staying on the subject of giveaways, Neth Space has a very interesting article on the topic, which you can check out HERE.

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