Not familiar with Varjak Paw? Yeah, me either. According to Amazon, it's a children's book of British origin, the first in a series for grade school kids. Whatever. Another property I'm probably going to tell you has been bought by Walden Media, with an eye to turning it into a zillion dollar franchise, right? But it's not. First of all, check out this summary: "When danger...intrudes upon the sheltered existence of a family of Mesopotamian Blue cats, Varjak must venture Outside for the first time to seek help...His nights are filled with dreams of his fabled ancestor Jalal, who teaches him the Seven Skills of the Way of Jalal; they help him, in his waking hours, learn to fight and hunt." People, this is a CAT. Fighting danger. Dreaming. Plus, in the immortal words of Keanu Reeves, he knows Kung-Fu. I mean, if anything can be so odd that it morphs into pure genius, I'm pretty sure this is it. And not only is the concept of this series pure gold, but the movie rights have been bought by the one studio with the ability to do it justice: The Jim Henson Company. Can I get a hell yeah?

The movie will be directed by former illustrator Dave McKean (who just directed Neil Gaiman's MirrorMask), from a script he's planning to write with S. F. Said, the author of the series.
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