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On Hollywood's Bookshelf

From teenage spies to dragons and dark magic, we look at the next chapter in children's literature adaptations

STORMBREAKER
A 14-year-old trained in espionage is recruited by MI6. It's like Agent Cody Banks but British, and features Alicia Silverstone and Ewan McGregor. Based on the Anthony Horowitz series. (Sept. 1, MGM)

ERAGON
Based on the best-seller written by Christopher Paolini when he was 15 years old about a boy and a race of dragons, the big-budget film stars Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, and Djimon Hounsou. (Dec. 15, Fox)

NANCY DREW
Move over, Veronica Mars. Emma Roberts (Julia's niece) plays the original gal detective, though the film is not specifically based on any one of Carolyn Keene's 1930s-era novels. (In production, Warner Bros.)

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES
Three siblings discover a magical world in their great-aunt's house. The film, by director Mark Waters (Mean Girls), will cover the first three of the series' five books. (In development, Paramount)

HIS DARK MATERIALS
Philip Pullman's trilogy mixes science, dark magic, and theology. Shopgirl's Anand Tucker is slated to direct the series' first installment, The Golden Compass. (In development, New Line)

Originally posted Mar 31, 2006 Published in issue #871 Apr 07, 2006 Order article reprints