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'The Alchemist' to be made into movie

'The Alchemist' to be made into movieSunday, May 18, 2008By ANGELA DOLAND, Associated Press WriterE-Mail Print Share:CANNES, France —  For 15 years, Hollywood has tried and failed to transform the best-selling novel "The Alchemist" into silver screen material. Now Harvey Weinstein says he has the magic formula.Weinstein said Sunday that he will produce Paulo Coelho's inspirational fable about a Spanish shepherd on a quixotic quest. Actor Laurence Fishburne ("The Matrix"), already attached to the project, will direct and star as the title character, who guides the shepherd along his way. Shooting will start about a year from now."The book is simple and spiritual, and the screenplay will reflect that," Weinstein said at the Cannes Film Festival.Warner Bros. previously held the movie rights to the book. Weinstein said screenwriters working on the stalled project over the years have sometimes tried to add bombast to the tale, like putting in battle sequences with 10,000 soldiers."That's no...

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