Travis Adam Wright-screenwriter of Eagle Eye-will adapt Here, There Be Dragons and The Search for the Red Dragon, the first two books in James A. Owen’s young-adult fantasy series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica. Four books of the planned seven-book series have been published with the fifth book, The Dragon’s Apprentice, set to hit stores this fall. Here’s how Heat Vision describes the series:
“Geographica,” which Owen also illustrates, revolves around a secret book that contains the unpublished maps and journals of history’s most famous author-adventurers. Among the protagonists are a young J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) and C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia), future giants of the fantasy-adventure genre whose famous works are imagined by Owen to have been inspired by these fictional adventures.”
For a statement from Wright on adapting the books plus the official product descriptions of Here, There Be Dragons and The Search for the Red Dragon, hit the jump.
Here’s what Wright had to say on Owen’s series:
“[It’s] the best gift any fanboy of Tolkien, Lucas and Spielberg could receive. Here is a character-driven franchise that is both familiar and fresh, where wit and intelligence, not just rifles and regiments, win the day.”
Here’s the official product description of Here, There Be Dragon from Amazon:
The Imaginarium Geographica“What is it?” John asked.
The little man blinked and arched an eyebrow.
“It is the world, my boy,” he said. “All the world, in ink and blood, vellum and parchment, leather and hide. It is the world, and it is yours to save or lose.”
An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica — an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship the Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between worlds into the Archipelago of Dreams.
Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds. And in the process, they will share a great adventure filled with clues that lead readers to the surprise revelation of the legendary storytellers these men will one day become.
An extraordinary journey of myth, magic, and mystery, Here, There Be Dragons introduces James A. Owen as a formidable new talent.
And here’s the official product description for The Search for the Red Dragon also via Amazon:
“‘The Crusade has begun’…“There’s an old myth in the Archipelago,” he went on softly, shaking his head. “A legend, really…I recall it mentioned a Crusade, but those events happened seven centuries ago. We always thought it was only a story.”
It has been nine years since John, Jack, and Charles had their great adventure in the Archipelago of Dreams and became the Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica. Now they have been brought together again to solve a mystery: Someone is kidnapping the children of the Archipelago. And their only clue is a mysterious message delivered by a strange girl with artificial wings: “The Crusade has begun.” Worse, they discover that all of the legendary Dragonships have disappeared as well.
The only chance they have to save the world from a centuries-old plot is to seek out the last of the Dragonships — the Red Dragon — in a spectacular journey that takes them from Sir James Barrie’s Kensington Gardens to the Underneath of the Greek Titans of myth. With friends both familiar and new, they will travel through an extraordinary landscape where history, myth, and fable blend together to tell the oldest story in the world. And along the way, the Caretakers of the Geographica will discover that great deeds alone do not make heroes, and that growing up may be unavoidable…but growing old doesn’t have to be.