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"The Thief of Always" Steals Home!

Prospects for a film adaptation of Clive Barker's beloved young adult adventure "The Thief of Always" have never looked rosier. The Horror Channel reports that fate (and alphabetical order) recently put Clive next to "Shrek 2" co-director Kelly Asbury at an author's festival, and they got to talkin'. The long and short of it appears to be that Clive asked Asbury if he'd be interested in helming the movie version of "Thief," which has been planned for ages but has never managed to see the light of day. Asbury apparently said yes, as The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed his involvement with the project. Seraphim, Clive's production company, will be co-producers with 20th Century Fox.

The film version of Clive's story was once planned as animation, but the goal now is to make it live action with CGI enhancements (this, incidentally, is the likely form the "Abarat" films will take). It's the right choice. IDW did a bang-up job of translating the story to the comic book form last year. It will be nice to see the film version take it in a wildly different direction. And maybe the book's most nagging question will finally have an answer: If the creatures from the Holiday House can't stomach the atmosphere of our world, how is Rictus able to visit young Harvey Swick? Maybe I'm missing something, but if so, I've missed it both times I read the book and when I read the comic.--Pete Mesling


Posted by Pete on February 7, 2006 6:49 PM
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OMG!!!! You cant imagine how many years I have been saying that somebosy really need to make a movie from "the thief of always". This is one of my favorite books and has been since i was a kid!!! Does anybody know an estimated release date? I am sooooo excited....i just cant wait!!!

-- Posted by: michelle at October 1, 2007 3:23 PM

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