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INKHEART

About The Production
"This is the story you've been waiting to hear.”

"What are the boundaries between what is real and what is imagined?” asks "Inkheart” director Iain Softley. "That's something in which I've always been interested—the way that fantasy can impinge on the real world. And when you are talking about books and stories, especially in the mind of a child or an adolescent, then those boundaries between reality and imagination are even more fascinating to explore. One of the things that appealed to me about ‘Inkheart' is that it's a story that bridges the everyday and fantasy realms.”

The film "Inkheart” is based on a best-selling book of the same name by internationally acclaimed author Cornelia Funke. An instant sensation when it was published in 2004, Inkheart became a #1 New York Times bestseller, spending a total of 70 weeks on the list and going on to be translated into 37 languages. The first novel in Funke's Inkworld trilogy, Inkheart was followed by Inkspell, published in 2005, and the latest book, Inkdeath, which was just published in 2008. In 2005, Funke, who has written nearly 50 books, was named one of Time magazine's "Most Influential People of the Year.”

"Inkheart” charts the adventures of Mortimer "Mo” Folchart and his daughter, Meggie, as they battle the evil forces of a fictional world—forces Mo himself inadvertently called forth from the pages of a fantastical story by reading it aloud.

While the thought of characters springing to life at the mere mention of their names could be perceived as a cautionary tale, Brendan Fraser, who plays the part of Mo, counters, "I think ‘Inkheart' advocates the written word read aloud. To have people read aloud to one another is quite powerful—parents to children, children to adults, teachers to children, children to each other… It's an interesting notion that something real might come out of the story, but if the listener actually believes it in their imagination, it might as well be real. There is always room for a story that relies on the power of literature.”

Producer Diana Pokorny knows exactly how much of an impact the novel has had on young readers. "My daughters are voracious readers and my eldest daughter's favorite book is Inkheart. She knows the book backwards and forwards and talked incessantly about it, so it really did seem fateful that I would get the opportunity to be a part of the film. For me, it is a story about the love of reading and the power of books, but, more importantly, it is a story about home and family. And as the mother of two ardent fans, and as a fan myself, it was quite magical to see those words that we loved to read so much as a family actually come to life.”

Softley, who also served as a producer on the film, notes, "Cornelia provided us with such rich material that bringing it to life was the easy part. She created a wonderful, magical adventure, and her vivid descriptions and illustrations enabled us to step into her book within a book.”

Funke, who produced the film with Softley and Pokorny, says that she knew Softley was the ideal person to take the helm in bringing her book to the screen. "‘The Wings of the Dove' is one of my all-time favorite movies, one of the most brilliant film adaptations of a book I've ever seen. So when I heard that Iain was interested in directing ‘Inkheart,' I was thrilled. I knew he wouldn't back away from the darker elements of the story, but would nevertheless fill it with warmth. He is an excellent actors' director, but he's also one of the most visual directors with an exceptional feeling for texture and color. I could not imagine a better choice for ‘Inkheart.'”

Together with executive producer Ileen Maisel, Funke was also instrumental in the choice of David Lindsay-Abaire to adapt her novel. The author worked closely

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