Studio buys a magic kingdom.
Warner Brothers has teamed up with Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road Pictures and Andy Cohen’s Grade A Entertainment to acquire the screen rights to Terry Brooks’ best-selling ‘Magic Kingdom of Landover’ series of books.
The film will be based on the first book in the series, ‘Magic Kingdom for Sale — Sold!,’ which was first published in 1986. The book is the story of Ben Holiday, a recently widowed lawyer who finds an advertisement in an upscale Christmas catalogue claiming to offer a magical kingdom for $1 million by a man named Mr. Meeks. After he purchases Landover, he discovers he must unite the kingdom’s denizens and creatures to stop an evil demon bent on destroying the realm.
Universal Pictures previously tried to adapt Brooks’ novels back in 2005 with Stephen Sommers (‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,’ ‘The Mummy’) on board to direct from a screenplay by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.