To be perfectly honest, I wonder how many people immediately think of Harry Potter when they hear the name ‘Nicholas Flamel’. A month ago, that would have been my first response.
But now? My mind immediately jumps to the bestselling series by Irish author Michael Scott, featuring the famed alchemist and his wife, Perenelle, as the mentors of 15-year-old twins who are prophesied to be the keys to the fate of the world. With ancient mythologies meeting the modern world over an ancient prophecy, the first book, The Alchemyst, reminded me more of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series than Harry Potter.
And I absolutely loved it.
Even better, this great read is now set to become a major motion picture! Film rights to the first book have been granted to the Australian studio, AMPCO Films. Production is due to begin in February, with Michael Scott himself in charge of providing the script for the movie. So hopefully, fans of this New York Times bestselling series can rest easy with the thought that the script is safe in the hands of the author. After all, who better to make sure that the film stays faithful to the book?
In the meantime, I highly recommend familiarizing yourself with Scott’s writing by reading The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, if you haven’t already. Trust me when I tell you that the elixir of eternal life is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the secrets of Nicholas Flamel.