'Stoneheart' beats at ImageMovers, Dis

Duo in talks for film rights to fantasy book series

ImageMovers and Disney are in negotiations to pick up film rights to "The Stoneheart Trilogy," a young-adult fantasy book series by Charlie Fletcher. ImageMovers' Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey will produce.

The books revolve around a 12-year-old London boy who enters a hidden alternate world where statues, imbued with the soullike essence of their makers, come to life. The boy's presence upsets a balance between good and evil, and while dealing with such creatures as sphinxes and gargoyles, he teams with an orphan girl and the statue of a World War I gunner to try to set things right.

The third "Stoneheart" book, "Silvertongue," is due in stores next month.

ImageMovers is set to go into production on "Mars Needs Moms," an adaptation of a Berkeley Breathed children's novel being directed by Simon Wells. It also is developing an adaptation of Eoin Colfer's adventure book "Airman" for Gil Kenan ("Monster House") to direct.

As will happen for "Mars" and "Airman," the intent is to adapt "Stoneheart" using performance-capture.

Fletcher is repped by ICM.
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