Breaking Book News: New Movie Based on Kate DiCamillo Book

August 21st, 2009 by

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

This just in: Fox Movies is moving forward with an adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s children’s book, The Magician’s Elephant, and they just picked a screenwriter for the project. Hooray! Throw the confetti! Set off those firecrackers! Prepare the feast! What, you’ve never heard of The Magician’s Elephant? Actually, neither had I. That’s because it’s not even published yet!

The book by Newbery-winning author Kate DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie) won’t hit stores until next month, but I guess the movie studio got a sneak peek. And guess what — so can you! Check out the first chapter (PDF), which I found on DiCamillo’s site.

And if that gets you drooling for more, check out the full website devoted to the book. Plus, here’s how DiCamillo describes the book on her website:

When a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her?

The fortuneteller’s mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true.

YAY! Okay, I really am excited now. All that stuff before about confetti and firecrackers was sarcastic, but now I really truly am looking forward to reading the book and seeing how the movie version turns out. Especially since the guy who’s writing the screenplay said that Fox Movies is aiming for a film with the same feel as The Princess Bride. Awesome! It’s just too bad we’ll probably have to wait years until we can see The Magician’s Elephant the film. Thanks goodness the book’s out in September!

— Karen

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