Good news, everyone: a movie written by Michael Scott is being developed! Bad news for fans of The Office: It’s not “Threat Level Midnight.” Rather, Michael Scott the Irish author will script an adaptation of The Alchemyst, the first novel in his acclaimed young adult series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, for Australia’s AMPCO Films. In the book, twins Josh and Sophie Newman discover that Josh’s bookstore-owning bosses are actually a famed 14thC alchemist and his wife, who have been cheating death for centuries with a magic elixir. When the codex they need to make the potion is stolen by the villainous John Dee, the foursome team up to get it back and foil Dee’s apocalyptic plans.
The series is comprised of six titles in total, with the final entry, The Enchantress, having hit shelves in May. Production on the film is slated to get rolling next February in Australia and New Zealand. It’s an intriguing premise, but I’d still rather see Agent Michael Scarn on the silver screen, tears streaming down his face as he strangles an innocent speed skater with the American flag. Hit the jump for the full press release.