Warners Reopens “The Neverending Story”

Warner Bros. Pictures, Kennedy/Marshall Co. and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way are all in discussions about reviving the 1984 kid fantasy classic “The NeverEnding Story” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Michael Ende’s German-language novel, the original Wolfgang Petersen-directed film centered on a boy named Bastian Balthazar Bux (Barret Oliver) who discovers a parallel world in a book titled “The NeverEnding Story.”

As the boy, a loner, delves deeper into the book, he increasingly finds his life intertwined with the plot of the novel, in which a hero (Noah Hathaway) in the land of Fantasia must save the universe on behalf of an empress.

This new version will examine the more nuanced details of the book that were glossed over in the first film. Dieter Geissler will produce, though no writers re yet attached.

George Miller directed a sequel which came out in 1990, while a third movie in 1996 went direct-to-video.