Something about Brett Ratner directing a kids’ film makes me… uncomfortable, so this producing credit kind of means a lot to yours truly. Anyway, Variety reports that Mr. Tower Heist will utilize the power of his Rat Entertainment to adapt Zenescope Entertainment’s comic The Library.
The original series, written by Joe Brusha, the original series centers on a teenage girl, Sela Mathers, who discovers a library book that, when unlocked, allows her to interact with everything contained in the other novels around her. (Robin Hood, Dorothy, Alice, etc.) That’s all good fun, understandably, but some problems come to light when the antagonists of these same stories also find themselves in the real world.
Ratner calls The Library “perfect” stuff for his company, seeing as they’re focused on delivering “material with a unique sensibility, connecting and transporting audiences.” Speaking as an outsider, I can more or less see where he’s coming from, too. Although the basic conceit at play here is very Pagemaster (if you even remember that movie), I’d argue it still sounds more entertaining than most of the comic properties Hollywood picks up today — and Ratner isn’t directing it! Something of a win-win, in that case.
Read a longer synopsis of the comic below (via Amazon):
When fourteen-year-old Sela Mathers discovers an ancient magic book in a condemned library, she and her younger brother cast a spell that unlocks the amazing worlds and characters from the books and novels around them. Hercules, Robin Hood, and Pecos Bill all come magically to life! But, heroes aren’t the only characters in stories. Villains, too, are affected by the magic spell and soon the children find themselves in a race against time to reverse the spell as evil characters from all of literature threaten to take over the world! Their only chance lies with the heroes they’ve brought to life. But even that may not be enough to stop the Frankenstein Monster, Baba Yaga, and the Wicked Witch of the West!
Does The Library sound like it has the right stuff for a feature film?
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