I personally don’t give a rat’s ass but I know some people out there who might take an interest in this.
LOS ANGELES (Variety) – Christopher Columbus, director of “Home Alone” and the first two Harry Potter movies, has been announced to produce and direct a big screen adaptaion of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s fable, “The Little Prince”. The film will be a live-action “reimagining” of the story, slated for a late 2006 holiday release.
Speaking from his offices in Westwood, CA, Columbus had this to say: “I am delighted to have been chosen for this project. My daughter, Callie, introduced me to “The Little Prince” just a few years ago but since then I have carried this story in my heart with me, wherever I go.”
The choice of Columbus is guaranteed to garner controversy. His adaptations of the first two Harry Potter movies were deemed too “wooden” and considered by many to be too “slavish to the text”. Columbus has promised that this will not be a literal re-telling of the original, like earlier versions, including Stanley Donen’s Oscar-nominated 1974 film, but rather a bold “reimagining” of the author’s original concepts.
“I am excited about the possibilities afforded by modern CGI effects,” said the director, “at this time, we’re able to take the Little Prince on adventures the author could never have dreamed of!” It is believed that Columbus won the coveted position over such rivals as Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam by showing executives a 3 minute animated sequence in which the Little Prince hurtles from planet to planet wearing what has been described as a “magical space suit”.
Though casting has not been finalized, early contenders include Whoopi Goldberg as a seductive serpent-like character not in the original book, haley Joel Osment as the Little Prince and Martin Short as “the king”.
An executive at Warner Bros. studios stated that production is slated to begin in October of this year.