Trio reads a franchise in ‘Runelords’ novels

Kahn to adapt Wolverton novel; pic, vidgame slated for 2004

HOLLYWOOD — Story Island Entertainment, Origin Entertainment and Entertainment Business Group have acquired the feature film and game rights to bestselling fantasy novel series “The Runelords,” to develop as a potential feature franchise and vidgame.

Pic is being adapted from David Wolverton novel (under the pen name David Farland) by scripter Terry Kahn and will be produced by Wolverton, David McBrayer and Richard Shaw at Origin and EBG’s Rob Holt and John J. Lee Jr.

Wolverton’s writing credits include novels based on the “Star Wars” and “The Mummy” movie franchises. He also helped develop the “Starcraft: Brood Wars” vidgame.

First novel in “Runelords” series was published in 1997, followed by “Brotherhood of the Wolf” and “Wizardborn.” This fall the fourth installment in the series, “Lair of Bones,” will be released by Tor, a division of St Martin’s Press.

“Great stories like these are all about dynamic characters to whom we can relate, who inhabit places we’ve never been, doing things we’ve never dared imagine, but whose dilemmas and decisions combine in a fashion that absolutely connects with our present lives,” Wolverton said.

Added McBrayer: “Runelords is a powerful franchise with a unique storyline and spectacular action. We’re excited to be partnering with David (Wolverton) to bring his vision to the screen.”

First pic is being prepped for a fall 2004 theatrical release, with the first role-playing vidgame intended to hit retail shelves in time for the 2004 holiday season.

F/x vet Nelson on board

Project has already attracted visual f/x vet John Nelson (“Gladiator”), who just completed sequences for Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.” His credits also include “K-19: The Widowmaker” and “City of Angels.”

Story Island, Origin and Entertainment Business Group recently formed a strategic alliance to develop and produce three pics over the next four years with budgets ranging from $20 million to $60 million.

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