Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Drew Goddard Circling The Spider-Man Reboot
He's in discussions for the latest take on the character
First Proper Look At Daredevil's Kingpin
Vincent D'Onofrio is ready to cause trouble
Ethan Hawke Rides In For The Magnificent Seven
Training Day reunion klaxon!
Jennifer Lawrence Says It's What I Do
Steven Spielberg attached to direct the war photographer film
Latest Red Band Trailer For Get Hard
Will Ferrell: thug strife
Sullivan Stapleton Dives Into The Lake
Luc Besson's new thriller
Iko Uwais Runs To Mile 22
A new action thriller with Ronda Rousey
Jamie Dornan Heads To Anthropoid
He's leading a World War II thriller with Cillian Murphy
Leonardo DiCaprio Moves To The Crowded Room
He'll produce and may star in the true-life tale
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Character Posters Fly In
Update: Here's Hawkeye!
James Franco In Talks For Why Him?
Could he be the boyfriend from hell?
Kristen Stewart On For Kelly Reichardt's New Drama
She'll play a lawyer
Adventure Time Heads To Cinemas
Finn and Jake go big (screen)
Meet Lady Penelope And Brains In New Thunderbirds Are Go! Images
Parker, fetch the Rolls...
Focus Is Sharp At The Top Of The US Box Office
The Lazarus Effect arises in fifth
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
19 May 2011
50 Cent On For Odd Thomas
Bringing some super soul as a blind DJ
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
Empire Star Rating
Van Helsing
Empire Star Rating
The Scorpion King
Empire Star Rating
The Mummy Returns
Empire Star Rating
The Mummy (1999)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Magic Kingdom For Sale
Sold! To Stephen Sommers

15 February 2005  |  Written by   

submit to reddit

First of all, we should make it clear that we’re not talking about any Disney theme parks here. As far as we know, Disney has no plans to sell Mickey, Donald and the other inhabitants of the Magic Kingdom to anyone. Mummies, werewolves and vampires will not be stalking Cinderella’s castle anytime soon, nor will there be any Scorpion Kings on Thunder Mountain, we promise.

No, instead Stephen Sommers has bought the rights to Terry Brooks’ comic-ish fantasy Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold!. Published way back in 1986, the book followed a lonely lawyer, Ben Holiday, whose wife had recently died. Perusing an upmarket gift catalogue, full of things like glass bathtubs with goldfish in the walls, he comes across an advert for a magic kingdom for sale.

Intrigued, he finds himself signing up for more information – and before you know it he’s on a mailing list and drowning in junk mail. No, only kidding – he sets about buying the kingdom – but then finds out that there’s more to it than he bargained for, and he’s going to have to fight to stake his claim.

Screenwriters Lowell Ganz and (owner of the Best Name In Hollywood award) Babaloo Mandel are on the case, making it possibly the first films that Sommers has directed without also writing it. The story is likely to take elements from several of the six books in the series (the sixth is published this year), not just the first one, and apparently the film will give Ben two children. Never mind that it seems highly irresponsible to spend your entire fortune on some fairyland when you have two children to buy textbooks and braces for, and even less responsible when you’re riding into the unknown and possibly sorcerous. But, we suppose, given that this is a film about a court scribe who is also a dog, a dryad called Willow (no relation to Buffy’s favourite Wicca), gnomes, witches, demons and knights in shining armour, maybe irresponsible doesn’t come into it.

This won’t be coming for a while, as Sommers has to make Flash Gordon (ah-aaaaah! He’s incredible!) first. Still, now’s the time to catch up on the incredibly popular series of books before this comes out in 2007 or so.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

World Exclusive: The New Wall-E Trailer
This kicks shiny metal butt!
Anderson To Direct Man With The Football
And no, David Beckham isn't involved


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
21 Great Movie Cons
Fleece your friends with these duplicitous devices...

Empire Podcast 150: Margot Robbie
The Focus (and Wolf Of Wall Street) star from the Top Gear track...

Empire's New Spectre Issue Covers
First look at Bond 24 in Empire's April issue

Vote For The Jameson Empire Awards 2015!
Your mission is clear...

The Oscars: Who Won What?
The winners, the losers, the dresses, the suits...

Sleeping Beauties: The Story Behind 12 Of Cinema's Unlikeliest Hits
They came, they saw, they surprisingly conquered

Writer / Director Dan Gilroy Reveals 8 Nightcrawler Secrets
On Jake Gyllenhaal's hand-slicing mirror smash and more...

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)