Disney and ImageMovers Developing Stoneheart Trilogy

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?

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  • Daniel
    I LOVE dragons.
  • TIm
    has potential. I'm interested.
  • Scott McHenry
  • Rorschach90
    Ugh. Disney? Count me out.
  • troy
    am i the only one who thought beowulf and polar express looked terrible, the way the animation comes across is just bad. its like wow, we created this technology, and every ones going to think its great, so we will do every movie with it. No it sucks, count me out.
  • I do wish that Zemeckis would stop wasting his time with the likes of Polar Express and Beowulf and go back to making some truly great films such as Forrest Gump and Contact.
  • Dragons and Gargoyles? I'm in...
  • bobbie65
    Hi, ¤ In the vein of Tron, Iron Giant, and A Scanner Darkly, 'Beowulf, is a freakin' achievement beyond the pale! Don't be fooled by the rough-cut images, everyone, as foreseen in 1981 James Coburn, 'Looker'. All you upstart actors may soon be doing voiceovers! ¤ Any chance you can remake 'Light Years', Mr. Zemeckis? ¤ - kw
  • Paola
    I have Stoneheart and Iron Hand i go to the third, c'mon put the movies on the big screen
  • Rafael_norfleet
    StoneHeart was the best book I have ever read, every page got better and better like when George got blasted with the fire from the dragon I could not put the book down. If this ever gets in the movies I would totally watch it.
  • Rafael_norfleet
    Me too
  • Gareth Reid 1999
    loved the book cant wait if there is a movie. and that counts for all my family




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