The $100 million adaptation ofPaolo Coehlo's TheAlchemist is set for a 2006 shoot across the
A long-cherished project forLaurence Fishburne, who will adapt, direct and starin The Alchemist, Osborne is lookingto finalise financial commitments by the end of 2005 with the budget lockeddown by the end of the first quarter of 2006. Warner Brothers has theunderlying rights and will distribute in
Pre-production will commenceimmediately, according to Osborne, currently in
Osborne, who helped place
"I'm not daunted by the fact it'snot there yet," said the producer, an old friend of Fishburne'ssince they worked together on ApocalypseNow, The Cotton Club and
Osborne said he would need a firmundertaking on the studio by the beginning of 2006.
The producer added: "I love thebook and I have faith in this project. It portrays a journey of discovery andit's a love story as well. It shows Arab culture in a favourablelight which is very important right now."
Fishburne will play the part of