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Harry Potter and Edward Cullen better watch their backs, there's a new fantasy man in town.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the producer of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' and 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,' has secured the rights to adapt Michael Scott's six-part book series, 'The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel,' into what could be Hollywood's next big fantasy franchise, Variety reports. Harry Potter and Edward Cullen better watch their backs, there's a new fantasy man in town.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the producer of 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' and 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,' has secured the rights to adapt Michael Scott's six-part book series, 'The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel,' into what could be Hollywood's next big fantasy franchise, Variety reports.

Di Bonaventura is no stranger to supernatural success stories; as production president at Warner Bros., he was integral to the genesis of the 'Harry Potter' series, ushering the first two movies into production before leaving the company three years later to take up a producing deal at Paramount.

The books are centered around Nicholas Flamel, a real-life French alchemist who was born in 1330 and was rumored to have pursued the secret to immortality through his work on the philosopher's stone -- a tale that inspired J.K. Rowling to feature him in her first book (and subsequent film) 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.' The books' other protagonists are 15-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman, who travel around the world with Flamel in search of adventure.

Scott's series is published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, with three of the six ('The Alchemyst,' 'The Magician' and 'The Sorceress') already released in 37 countries and 20 languages. A fourth book, 'The Necromancer,' will be published in May.

New Line originally acquired the rights to the 'Flamel' series in 2006 but were forced to make them available again following the studio's downsizing last year. Di Bonaventura's next picture is the upcoming spy thriller 'Salt,' starring Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber.

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