New Line Cinema has hired director Iain Softley ("The Skeleton Key") to helm its big-screen adaptation of the best selling children’s fantasy novel Inkheart, it was announced today by New Line Production President Toby Emmerich.
Based on the novel by Cornelia Funke, "Inkheart" is a timeless adventure tale of imagination that centers on Meggie, a young girl whose father has a secret ability to bring characters from books to life when he reads them aloud. But when a power-hungry villain from a rare children’s fable kidnaps Meggie’s father to bring others out of the boundaries of fiction, she and a disparate group of friends both real and magic embark on the kind of adventure she has only read about in books to save him and set things right.
Funke will serve as a producer on the project, while the book has been adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire.
New Line’s Executive Vice President of Production Mark Ordesky and New Line Senior Vice President of European Production Ileen Maisel are overseeing the project for the studio. It is being planned as an Easter 2007 release.