Laurence FishburneWell, this is interesting: Laurence Fishburne will write, direct and star in a film version of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho's much-loved "inspirational fable." Fishburne has reportedly been trying to get this film made since the book was published, but he just recently signed a deal with Warner Brothers to bring it to fruition.

Fishburne has limited directoral experience, having only helmed 2000's Once in the Life which he also wrote in and starred in (and which no one saw). Clearly, the man is passionate enough about this project to undertake any challenges associated with it, but the greatest one will probably be not the writing or directing, but the acting: see, the story's main character is a child, and Fishburne is, well, not. Granted, he may be a young 44, but it's going to take a lot more than a youthful outlook to pull this one off.