Back in 2006, there was this little picture brewing called Stormbreaker. The film was based upon the popular kids' spy series by Anthony Horowitz, which focuses on a 14-year-old named Alex Rider, who makes Nancy Drew's danger seem like child's play. In the shadow of the immense popularity monster called Harry Potter, the hope was to create a successful series for kids that could cash in on some of that moviegoer money. The film was completed, there was a trailer, Nintendo marketing, and star Alex Pettyfer even dropped out of school, stating: "When you have already experienced going out and working in the real world, and you come back to school, you just see it as a playground and you don't want to be there any more."
Well, the kid's
optimism and positive thinking cockiness sure as hell didn't help the film or himself (he's only got one other film under his belt now -- Wild Child). Stormbreaker only brought in $24 million worldwide, and the Weinsteins decided to not let it loose across the US. Horowitz recently told Reuters: "Harvey Weinstein decided not to distribute it (in the United States). It is one of the most bizarre and annoying things that the film didn't get its shot in America. To this day, I don't know why." Considering this, it's not surprising that he says the chances of another film are "fairly slim." So, while Pettyfer heads into his drop-out actor career, and Horowitz continues to write popular novels, the big-screen dreams for Alex Rider have been pretty much dashed.
Well, the kid's