It's been a while -- well, a week or two -- since we have heard news of any new fantastical adaptation. Looking for other genres, it looks like the newly revived UA is willing to try its hand at fantasy.
UA to Adapt Ranger's Apprentice
Like most fantastical adaptations, Ranger's Apprentice represents an entire franchise of volumes. Having published the first book, The Ruins of Gorlan, back in November 2004, Australian author John Flanagan has released seven books to date.
His motivation? Flanagan begun writing to inspire his bored son to read. What? No copies of Potter lying around?
UA paid seven figures for the literature series and is hoping to get Paul Haggis onboard to direct. The negotiations were however halted when the WGA strike broke out. To this date, Paul Haggis has no experience with fantasies, having directed Crash, Million Dollar Baby and the more recent In the Valley of Elah.
Ranger's Apprentice follows the adventures of an orphan boy named Will who becomes an apprentice ranger and fights to keep the mythical kingdom of Araluen safe from invaders, traitors and other dangers with the help of his master Halt.
Expect an update on Paul Haggis once the writers strike closes out.