After he finishes Spider-Man 3, director Sam Raimi will reportedly be heading in a very different direction, taking the helm of an adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men. The book, which is apparently wildly popular among the younger set, tells the story of young girl who has to rescue her brother from parallel world when he's been taken by a "malicious fairy queen." (Hmm. Sounds a lot like Labyrinth- I wonder if there's singing.) While in Fairyland, the girl finds allies in "6-inch-tall blue-faced rowdies who dress in kilts, speak in broad Scottish brogues, pinch sheep and swig a lot." Yes, it really says that. The script will be written by Pamela Pettler, whose only other film is Corpse Bride - if nothing else she certainly knows how to deal with something this quirky.

So, has anyone read Pratchett's book? The story sounds wonderful, and the presence of Pettler is certainly encouraging. In addition, Raimi's past - hello,
Army of Darkness! - suggests he's also got just the right outlook for something this outrageous. Needless to say, it'll be ages before anything moves on this one, but it certainly is worth keeping an eye on.
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