Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' Goes Big Screen

May 19, 2008 07:25:22 GMT

On a press conference at Cannes on Sunday, May 18, Weinstein Company's topper Harvey Weinstein let out that the studio will bring Paulo Coelho's best selling novel to the big screen.

Paulo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' Goes Big Screen
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"The Alchemist", the most prominent and bestseller novel from the Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho, will be adapted into a big screen material. The announcement of the matter has been done during a press conference at Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, May 18 by one of the owners of The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein.

Insisting that the movie will stay true to the essence of the book, Weinstein also announced that acclaimed actor Laurence Fishburne is touted to star, to helm and to co-produce the adaptation movie. On him joining the project, 46-year-old Fishburne commented, "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. 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."

Set to be made in a budget of $60 million, "Alchemist" follows a Spanish shepherd in a dream-inspired journey to find a treasure. The film will be shot in various locations in Europe and the Middle East in 2009, while the casting of the shepherd by the name of Santiago is said to start soon. Meanwhile, regarding the book itself, "Alchemist" has been translated into 56 languages. It has become one of the best selling books in the history with the sales of more than 65 million copies in more than 150 countries.


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posted by Janvier on May 11, 2010
The Alchemist changed my life. Its timeless in its reassurance that the journey is the greatest part of living your dreams. I resently read and watched Veronika Decides To Die... (I was/am Veronika) Salude Senior Coelho, for you have given the world such undescribable treasures... I thank you.
posted by K.R.C.U. on May 21, 2009
OMG i am wating for this movie to come out .. i cant wait any longer .. bcuz i have a project due .. and is a comparison of the movie and the book.. is due almost in 1 week.. PAULO RELEASE THE MOVIE NOW!!!!! NOW!! i need it ..
posted by kkelly on Apr 23, 2009
waiting for the movie. I thought is was to be released this spring.
posted by ismail ouaiahou on Mar 19, 2009
I was born to act in this movie I wish I had a way to contact the directer I am from Morocco too.
posted by ismail ouaiahou on Mar 19, 2009
I'd love to be in it I was born to act in this movie I am Moroccan too.
posted by rajeev girkar on Jan 20, 2009
i am waiting for this movie. alchemist teach us to live & follow our dreams.
posted by Jose Hernandez on Jan 09, 2009
This is a great book, everyone in my class love it.
posted by lmarie920 on Jul 22, 2008
I am so excited! I teach this book in my high school curriculum to students at-risk. they love the book which inspires so many great discussion!

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