Bress conjures NL 'Alchemyst'

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Eric Bress has been tapped to write "The Alchemyst," New Line Cinema's adaptation of Michael Scott's young-adult fantasy book series "The Immortal Nicholas Flamel." Mark Burnett is producing.

The story revolves around a pair of teenage fraternal twins who find themselves caught up in an age-old battle between good and evil as they race across America learning the ancient ways of magic. Along the way they are hunted by creatures and beings from the mythologies of a dozen nations. Nicholas Flamel, a 600-year-old man who looks to be 50, serves as their teacher and guide.

"Alchemyst" is the first novel in the book series and is due to hit store shelves this month.

Toby Emmerich, Mark Ordesky and Ileen Maisel are overseeing for New Line.

Burnett's ("Survivor") next outing is "On the Lot," a reality television show he is exec producing with Steven Spielberg.

Bress, who created the TV series "Kyle XY" with frequent collaborator J. Mackye Gruber, is the co-writer and co-director of New Line's "The Butterfly Effect" and the co-writer of the studio's "Final Destination 2."

Bress is repped by Endeavor and Benderspink.
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