“Whoever you are, you will be able to cheer and fear all along the road. The Alchemist is as perfect a hero’s journey that you can get in a story.” Smith declares and I agree.
So will they be able to use the medium of film to take us into the same dimension as our imagination enters when we read the book?
Smith continues, “There’s a magical power to being in the actual environment of the story. The actors and the crew actually get to experience the travel that the characters in the story experience and it opens their minds and it adds to the creative activity. “ It’s being filmed in Morocco, in the high Atlas mountains of north Africa and the Rift mountains of east Africa.
The team on the movie contains some heavy hitters such producer Gil Netter, best known for the multi academy award winning Life of Pi, and he has brought with him Oscar winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi), four times Academy Nominee Production Designer Eve Stewart (The Danish Girl, The King’s Speech and Les Miserables), two times Academy nominated composer and Coen brothers collaborator Carter Burwell (Carol and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.)
Add to this list of movie giants the three times Academy Award nominee editor Steven Rosenblum (Blood Diamond, Braveheart and The Last Samurai), two times Academy Award winning special effects supervisor Neil Corbould (Gravity and Gladiator) and you have a team about as good as it gets.
The actors are all either rising stars or established greats such as Sebastian De Souza as Santiago (from BAFTA and multi-award winning BBC series Normal People), the multi-nominated Tom Hollander as the Englishman (Pride and Prejudice and Gosford Park), and we’re guessing Will Smith is playing the character of the alchemist.
Will is certainly highly motivated to make this movie as big a hit as the book, “It’s not unreasonable to say that The Alchemist is my individual favourite book of all time. It’s the most impactful piece of literature that I’ve ever experienced.”
Frakes knows this book has been read and re-read countless times by hundreds of millions of people across the globe in over 70 languages and the expectation those readers will have of his movie. “We want to do right by them”, he says. “We really want to make sure we’re authentic; we’re true to the story, true to the themes and we truly make this a ‘four-quadrant’ international event movie!”
“Everyday I get more excited about the movie coming to fruition and I can not wait to share it with an entirely new audience around the world.” Smith concludes. “The Alchemist is fire! You wanna be down! I’m telling you - you wanna be down!”
I personally wish the production team every omen and blessing as they bring this noble venture to fruition - as Paulo says in The Alchemist,
“....when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.'
Go here to find more about my companion book The Secret of The Alchemist - https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Alchemist-Uncovering-Coelhos-Bestselling/dp/1789044340/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1625042925&sr=8-1
Watch the teaser trailer here