Mario Andreacchio to adapt The Alchemyst in Australia
The Adelaide based AMPCO Films has acquired the rights to the adaptation of novel The Alchemyst, written by Michael Scott, the first in the series, “The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.”
Production is expected to commence in early 2013 in both Australia and New Zealand.
Mario Andreacchio of AMPCO Films will produce alongside Konstantin Thoeren, producer of Peter The Great.
The story is based on French alchemist Nicholas Flamel who in the 14th century discovered the secret of eternal life which he keeps secret in a book he protects. However mankind is jeopardised as Dr John Dee plans to steal the book. But teenage twins Sophie and Josh are the only ones who might be able to save the world.
Andreacchio said: “Michael Scott has an incredible gift to combine his amazing story telling skills to entertain the heavily sought after young adult audience, while at the same time drawing on his very sophisticated and deep knowledge of mythology and history. He stunningly creates a modern world connected to the universe of creatures and monsters in an exciting tale for young adults.”
Scott said: “I immediately responded to the producer’s vision in bringing the first book in the series to life. We’ve assembled a wonderfully creative team, whom I know will bring The Alchemyst to the big screen.”
The adaptation will be written by Scott who will also be executive producer with Barry Krost and Stefan Brunner, former COO of Imagenation Abu Dhabi, co-producer on Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance who is packaging the project.
The deal was brokered and negotiated by Cathy Malatesta, CEO of Lawless Entertainment who is attached as a co-executive producer.
Andreacchio wrote, directed and produced The Dragon Pearl, starring Sam Neill and set in China. The film opened in China but did not get an Australian release and Andreacchio has been in a battle with Chinese authorities and distributors to recoup the film’s takings. The film-maker was also responsible for the establishment of the Australia-China Screen Alliance.