Disney and ImageMovers Developing Stoneheart Trilogy
by Alex Billington
March 23, 2009
Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers and Disney are in negotiations to acquire the rights to Charlie Fletcher's young-adult fantasy book series "The Stoneheart Trilogy". The news that ImageMovers is involved means, of course, that this is going to be developed as a completely CGI film based on motion-capture performances, much like Polar Express and Beowulf. The books revolve around a London boy who discovers a hidden world where statues come to life. The boy's presence upsets a balance between good and evil, and he must team with an orphan girl and the statue of a World War I gunner to try to set things right.
The first book, called just "Stoneheart", first hit shelves in 2006. One reviewer on Amazon compares the book to the work of Neil Gaiman, although not as twisted. Not only does it feature dragons, but also sphinxes, gargoyles, and pterodactyls, which means it'll be quite a fantastical CGI feature with plenty of great visuals. ImageMovers is also developing adaptations of Simon Wells' "Mars Needs Moms" and Eoin Colfer's "Airman" with City of Ember's Gil Kenan set to direct that. No word on who will write or direct the "Stoneheart" adaptation, but we'll be sure to let you know once they announce either. Interested?