Given the success enjoyed by recent films based on children's books, it must be getting harder and harder for studios to pass up the rights to a potentially popular series. Even if they're not sure a film version would work, there's got to be an impulse to grab them just in case, if only to keep someone else from turning it into a multi-million dollar franchise. Whatever their reasoning, Warner Brothers has acquired the rights to The Lies of Locke Lamora, the first book in a not-yet-published seven part British fantasy series.

Based on the summary available at Amazon, the book sounds incredibly appealing. It focuses on a con man named Locke Lamora, who is "only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword" but, via a sort of Dread Pirate Roberts scheme, has created a very handy mythical character called Thorn of Camorr who steals from the rich to give to the poor. In reality, Lamora and his crew (the Gentleman Bastards) steal from the rich and keep it all for themselves, thanks very much.

There's no information available about when the movie will go into production but, since the book won't even be in print until this summer, it's unlikely there's a big hurry. Warner's, meanwhile, will be busy counting the money they've made from another seven book fantasy series, this one about a kid named Harry.
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