Aiming to strive as more than just the makers of small-scale comedies, brothers Chris and Paul Weitz are reported by Empire Online to team up together for a big screen adaptation of Michael Moorcock's "Elric" fantasy saga.
First appeared in print in Moorcock's 1961 novelette "The Dreaming City" to then be featured in the 1965 novel "Stormbringer", Elric is depicted as the 428th Emperor of Melnibone who is a highly-educated but physically weak albino. The character is an excellent example of a counterstereotype as he was written specifically to be the polar opposite of Robert E. Howard's Conan and similar fantasy heroes.
"Of the great classic fantasy series it's the one that hasn't been done yet," Chris Weitz said to the site. "My brother Paul and I liked those books growing up and we've met Michael Moorcock and he trusts us to take those books forward."
While it is learned that the brothers' Depth Of Field production company will back up the project, name to direct is not yet attached. However, Chris Weitz did point out that he would like his brother to take the helming duties in the flick. Weitz himself is no stranger to fantasy genre as he recently finished his work on the upcoming "The Golden Compass."