March 24, 2009 / 4:42 AM / 8 years ago

Disney in talks for rights to "Stoneheart" books

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Stoneheart Trilogy," a young-adult fantasy book series by Charlie Fletcher, is moving towards a big-screen adaptation, with Robert Zemeckis' production company, ImageMovers, and Walt Disney Pictures in negotiations to pick up film rights to the material.

The books revolve around a 12-year-old London boy who enters a hidden alternate world where statues, imbued with the essence of their makers, come to life. The boy's presence upsets a balance between good and evil, and while dealing with such creatures as sphinxes and gargoyles, he teams with an orphan girl and the statue of a World War I gunner to try to set things right.

The intent is to adapt "Stoneheart" using performance-capture technology.

The third "Stoneheart" book, "Silvertongue," is due in stores next month.

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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