Warner Brothers and two top production companies are in the early stages of a reboot of the 1980s children’s fantasy classic The Neverending Story.

The Kennedy/Marshall Co. (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Leonard DiCaprio’s company Appian Way are in discussions with Warner Bros., who recently acquired rights to the property, about making a modern version of the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the original film, based on a German-language novel by Michael Ende, centers on a boy named Bastian Balthazar Bux who discovers a parallel world in a book titled “The Neverending Story.” As the boy, a loner, delves deeper into the book, he increasingly finds his life intertwined with the plot of the novel, in which a hero in the land of Fantasia must save the universe on behalf of an empress.

The original producer Dieter Geissler is on board to produce the film again along with Sarah Schechter and Jesse Ehrman for Warner Bros.

The reboot is still in its early stages and writers have not been attached as of yet.

Appian Way, in addition to The Neverending Story, is also developing another remake of an ’80s fantasy, a live-action film: anime tale and fan favorite Akira.

By Tessa Petrocco (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

By Tessa Petrocco

Tessa Petrocco is a freelance graphic designer and media professional. She graduated magna cum laude from Kent State University in 2007, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Media Production. She moved to New York City that same year, where she worked as the Editorial Assistant and Content Coordinator for a popular film review website. Tessa enjoys spending time with her dog and boyfriend, knitting, volunteering and being a one-woman film reviewer.

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