Now that Harry Potter is coming to a close producer David Heyman is looking to get involved with the next big thing. He did a great job with the Potter series so any studio would be lucky to work with him. Heyman is currently in talks with Summit Entertainment to take on a new book adaptation called The Night Circus. The film will involve magicians and an enchanted circus.
The book was written by first-time author Erin Morgenstern and "the story is set at beginning of the 19th century, telling the story of two young magicians, pawns in an age-old rivalry between their mercurial, illusionist fathers, and the enchanted circus where their competition (and romances) play out. Fates of everyone involved, from creators and performers to patrons, hang in the duo’s balance."
This sounds like a great story, and should translate well to the big screen. When I first read the description of the story I immediately thought of the HBO series Carnival, which ended way too soon and was much of a darker tale, but it's still a period mystical circus setting. This kind of film project is something that would fit Heyman's style.
Here's the full description of the book, check it out and tell us if you think it will make for a good movie:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.