ImageMovers and Disney are in negotiations to pick up film rights to “The Stoneheart Trilogy,” a young-adult fantasy book series by Charlie Fletcher. ImageMovers’ Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey will produce.
The Hollywood Reporter says the books revolve around a 12-year-old London boy who enters a hidden alternate world where statues, imbued with the soullike essence of their makers, come to life. The boy’s presence upsets a balance between good and evil, and while dealing with such creatures as sphinxes and gargoyles, he teams with an orphan girl and the statue of a World War I gunner to try to set things right.
The third “Stoneheart” book, “Silvertongue,” is due in stores next month.
The intent is to adapt Stoneheart using performance-capture.