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Wolfgang Petersen Casts Spell on Xanth Fantasy Series

Warner Bros. has snatched up the rights to the fantasy novel series XANTH to be produced by TROY helmer Wolfgang Petersen along with TROY writer David Benioff and Diana Rathbun of Petersen's Radiant Prods, reports VARIETY. Radiant's Samuel Dickerman will exec produce.

A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON is the first book in the series, which chronicles a boy named Bink in the world of Xanth, where all the inhabitants must possess magical powers or face banishment.

"When LORD OF THE RINGS finally got made and THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE got set up, I felt that the XANTH series was the last great one," Benioff said.

"What excites me about A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON is that it is a classic hero's journey in a very fun fantasy setting," Petersen said. "Today's technology gives us the ability to make a great film from a series of books that has been entertaining readers for 25 years."

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