When I hear the words Magic Kingdom, my mind automatically goes to Disney World. However, the film Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! has nothing to do with theme parks. Those familiar with Terry Brooks’ work may recognize the title, as it’s the first in a series of books by the author, which was published in 1986. The book is being adapted for the big screen and though it is currently without a director, it now has a star, and a big one at that.
The fantasy novel follows Ben Holiday, a trial lawyer who loses his wife and unborn child in a car accident. In attempt to start a new life, he responds to an ad in a Christmas catalog offering a magical kingdom for sale for $1 million. He purchases the kingdom and soon learns that Landover has been without a king for decades and from the sound of it, is sort of a fixer-upper. It’s also in jeopardy of being wiped out by an evil demon. According to Hollywood.com, Carell has signed on to play the lead in the comedy, which was originally set to be directed by Stephen Sommers, but is now without a director. Akiva Goldsman is still attached to produce.
Steve Carell sounds perfect for a role like this. He demonstrated his ability to deliver a heartbreaking sad-smile as a father and widower in Dan in Real Life, and his credits are full of examples of great comedic performances. While he’s certainly been missed from The Office, the actor has been busy since his departure from the NBC series. Among his upcoming films are Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and his return to voice Gru in Despicable Me 2. It looks like we can now add Magic Kingdom to the list of things to look forward to.
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