Heat Vision is reporting that the first two books in James A. Owen’s successful young-adult fantasy series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica will be adapted for film by Travis Adam Wright (who previously co-wrote the screenplay for Eagle Eye).
Geographica revolves around three young men (including Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien and Chronicles of Narnia writer C.S. Lewis) who are entrusted with the care of the Imaginarium Geographica – a secret book that contains information about all the mythical lands and worlds ever told of in legend, fable and fairy tale.
In the first two books of the series (Here, There Be Dragons and The Search For The Red Dragon) the three men engage in a series of adventures as they travel between worlds real and fantastical via the magical Dragonships.
As screenwriter Wright puts it:
“[It’s] the best gift any fanboy of Tolkien, Lucas and Spielberg could receive. Here is a character-driven franchise that is both familiar and fresh, where wit and intelligence, not just rifles and regiments, win the day.”
Also on board the project is Lord of the Rings trilogy producer Rick Porras, who will certainly bring a fair amount of experience with regards to a big-budget movie adaptation of a popular fantasy series.
Here’s Porras’ two cents on the fantasy series:
“James Owen has managed to create a global ‘what-if’ franchise which subsumes not just the ‘LOTR’ trilogy and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ but the entire canon of Western literature from Milton to Jules Verne.”
So yeah — pretty big words from both men considering they’re hoping to turn a popular fantasy series into a successful film franchise, something we’ve seen more than our fair share of over the past few years (see Percy Jackson & the Olympians for a recent example).
Like I said, Porras does have some experience in turning a fantasy novel series into an impressive cinematic achievement, and Eagle Eye was a moderate hit in theaters — though it was kind of a critical bust — so the film adaptation of Geographica does have some reasonable talent involved at this point. Unless a top-notch director signs on for the project, though, I wouldn’t get too excited just yet.
So what do you folks think? Do The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica sounds interesting?