This on is on the top of my "can't wait" list.
PublishersWeekly has a report on the Ptolemy's Gate due out Jan. 1, 2006. Jonathan Stroud will do the author tour thing in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami.
Comments from his editor:
"There are certain aspects of the story that could be revisited, but it does feel very final," said Alessandra Balzer, Stroud's U.S. editor. "I was blown away by how he ended it and I don't mind admitting that I cried."
Miramax is developing the movie. Balzer and Stroud have their own picks for casting the movie.
...an added thrill will be seeing the work make its way to the movies. A film version is currently in development; Miramax is producing, with Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) signed on to direct.
"The story is incredibly visual so it'll be really interesting to see what they do with it," Balzer said. When prodded, she and Stroud are both willing to play casting director. Stroud likes Johnny Depp as the djinni, and says the role of villainous Simon Lovelace (from Amulet) was "tailor-made for Hugh Grant." Balzer gives the starring role to Jack Black as the 5,000-year-old Bartimaeus.
"He may be a bit young, but it has to be somebody with a great sense of humor and an edge," Balzer said. "This is a djinni with an attitude."
Interview with Jonathan Stroud