Fishburne Strikes Alchemist Gold

Laurence Fishburne and A-Mark Entertainment have acquired the film rights to the 1998 best-selling novel “The Alchemist” from Warner Bros. Pictures with the intent of making the movie themselves reports the trades.

Warners acquired author Paulo Coelho’s philosophical book — about a young Spaniard traveler journeying the world during the Inquisition in order to find man’s purpose in the world, and uncovering a hidden treasure within the Egyptian pyramids — in 2003 as a Fishburne vehicle.

Fishburne wrote the screenplay for the film and also is set to direct. Barrie Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings”) is producing.