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'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho is getting a movie adaptation

Paulo Coelho The Alchemist movie

Paulo Coelho’s famous novel “The Alchemist” is making its way to the big screen.

According to Variety, Legendary Entertainment acquired the book’s film, TV, and ancillary rights. The company will be working with  Sony’s TriStar Pictures and Palmstar.

The multi-awarded Jack Thorne, who wrote the film “Enola Holmes” and adapted the book “Wonder” into film, will be writing the movie. 

Several attempts to turn “The Alchemist” into a movie had never been completed. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios was once set to produce the film adaptation.

The Alchemist,” a modern classic, is a story of self-discovery with themes of magic, mysticism, and wisdom.

It follows Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who longs to travel in search of treasure, but his journey brings him to different forms of riches.

The novel was published in 1988 in Portuguese but is now the most translated book worldwide by a living author. — Nika Roque/LA, GMA Integrated News