Coelhos Alchemist set for the bigscreen May 19, 2008 Frank, Joe, Marvin and Victoria used to be the CIA’s top agents, but the secrets they know just made them the Agency’s top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history. Laurence Fishburne will direct, star and produce in a $60m-plus adaptation of Paulo Coelho’s international bestseller ‘The Alchemist’ Harvey Weinstein is in talks with an Oscar winning writer to adapt the screenplay and said he would conduct a worldwide search for the roles of the shepherd Santiago and the love of his life Fatima. Fishburne will portray the titular mystic who teaches Santiago the meaning oflife. Scouting is underway in Spain, Jordan, Abu Dhabi, the Middle East and Northern Africa for a late spring or early summer 2009 shoot. “I hope this will act as a bridge to the Middle East,” Weinstein said. “This is a part of the world we need to know more about and extend a bridge to. It could be a healer and bring the West and the East, particularly the Middle East, together.” “This is a special project that now has a special team behind it to ensure that its path to the big screen is handled with the proper care it deserves,” Fishburne said. I am looking forward to directing it, acting in it, and collaborating with Harvey Weinstein to produce a beautiful film that will do justice to Paulo’s enormously successful novel.” EXTRAs: Sarah Michelle Gellar is set to star in another Coelho adaptation ‘Veronika Decides To Die’.