With How To Train Your Dragon and the creature-stuffed Clash Of The Titans doing well at the box office, it was predictable that Hollywood would quickly find other monster-flavoured properties to chuck into the movie machine. The Gotham Group has bought up the rights to James A Owen’s young-adult fantasy series The Chronicles Of The Imaginarium Geographica, with Eagle Eye writer Travis Adam Wright on board to pen the script.
The Geographica series is a sort of fantasy dream team-meets-Young Indiana Jones match-up, which finds youthful JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis having adventures that go on to inspire their future fiction.
Wright’s job will be boiling the first two books – Here, There Be Dragons and The Search For The Red Dragon into what the producers will no doubt be hoping is the start of a franchise. And he’s suitably excited by the job: “This is the best gift any fanboy of Tolkien, Lucas and Spielberg could receive,” he tells the Heat Vision Blog. “Here is a character-driven franchise that is both familiar and fresh, where wit and intelligence, not just rifles and regiments, win the day."
There’s no studio attached yet, but you’ve got to figure someone will snap it up with plans for a Narnia-style film series.