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Warner to Adapt Philip Reeve's "Larklight"

LarklightWarner Brothers has preemptively acquired the film rights to British author Philip Reeve's fantasy-adventure "Larklight," Variety reported.

"Larklight" is the first in a "Victorian-era space adventure" trilogy in which a brother and sister team up with a band of renegade space pirates to save the world from destruction at the hands of a madman.

Warner has set its own Denise Di Novi ("The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "Catwoman") to produce. "It's an utterly original mix of the fantastical and historical," Di Novi told Daily Variety.

Di Novi and Warner must really love the book or Reeve's work in general (or both).  "Larklight" has not even been published yet - it's slated for release in October by Bloomsbury.

Reeve's other books include "Mortal Engines," "Darkling Plain," "Predator's Gold," "Infernal Devices" and the "Buster Bayliss" series for younger readers.

Di Novi is also slated to produce Warner's upcoming poker drama "Lucky You," directed by Curtis Hanson and starring Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Debra Messing, and Robert Duvall.

No word on a production schedule for "Larklight."  --Shannon Nolley