Ridley Scott Film Deal

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RIDLEY SCOTT TO PRODUCE MICHELLE PAVER?S SIX NOVEL SERIES

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness


LONDON: In one of the largest book-to-film deals in Hollywood during the past six months, Orion Children?s Books today announces that film rights to the best-selling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver have been sold to renowned film director and producer Ridley Scott.

Set 6000 years ago, in a world of dark enchantment, menace and superstition, these are stories of 12-year old Torak and his wolf companion as they battle great evil to save their world. WOLF BROTHER, the first book in the series, sold over 100,000 copies in hardback in the UK within weeks of its launch in September 2004. The paperback will be published by Orion Children?s Books in June 2005, and book two, SPIRIT WALKER, will be published in September 2005. Rights have been sold to more than 30 territories around the world.

Ridley Scott said, "Wolf Brother is an enchanting book. Michelle has created a world that we have not seen before in any previous film. We are thrilled to be working with Michelle on this project.?

CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS will be produced by Ridley Scott and Erin Upson for Scott Free, whose most recent critically acclaimed production is MAN ON FIRE directed by Tony Scott, starring Denzel Washington. Scott Free currently has four films in post production; KINGDOM OF HEAVEN directed by Ridley Scott, starring Orlando Bloom, IN HER SHOES directed by Curtis Hanson, starring Cameron Diaz, TRISTAN AND ISOLDE directed by Kevin Reynolds, starring James Franco, and DOMINO directed by Tony Scott, starring Keira Knightley.

Ridley Scott adds his voice to a growing number of A-list celebrities who have been spellbound by WOLF BROTHER?s magic. Sir Ian McKellen, known to millions as Gandalf in ?Lord of the Rings?, recently recorded the WOLF BROTHER audio book and said, ?Like other great children's books which also entrance adults, Wolf Brother conjures up an utterly believable, yet original world where the story grips you to the very last page.?

Michelle Paver is represented by Peter Cox?s newly-launched Redhammer agency. Film rights were acquired by Rodney Ferrell at Fox 2000 for Scott Free under their overall deal with the studio. Fox 2000 is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.

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