The Neverending Story to be remade?
Warner Brothers are set to remake the classic 1984 fantasy film The Neverending Story. The film, based on Michael Ende’s German-language novel of the same name, focuses on a young boy called Bastian who escapes into the parallel world of Fantasia when he reads a book titled The Neverending Story.
The Wolfgang Petersen-helmed fantasy pulled in $20 million at the US box office and spawned a 1990 sequel and a direct-to-video third instalment in 1996.
The Kennedy/Marshall Company and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way firm will produce the remake, which will reportedly examine the book in greater detail than the original.
Warner Brothers are hoping for success similar to that enjoyed by the Harry Potter series which has earned more than $4.5 billion.
The Neverending Story movie was released despite Michael Ende’s attempts to prevent it from happening. Ende demanded that his name be disassociated from the movie as it bore no resemblance to his book.