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Neil Gaiman's 'Stardust' Finally Comes To Big Screen, Thanks To 'Layer Cake

    June 19, 2007

A slave turns into a bird (though she's really a princess). A goat turns into a girl (though she's really an enchanted boy). And a boy turns into a man (though he has a fallen star to thank for it). Such are the transformations you can expect to see in "Stardust," due August 10 and starring Claire Danes, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. The most magical transformation of all, however, might be that the story got turned into a film in the first place, becoming the first adapted work by acclaimed fantasy author/ graphic novelist Neil Gaiman to hit the big screen. For his part, Gaiman is finally exhaling. "It's a tremendous relief," he laughed. "I've sort of been holding my breath." Gaiman first sold the film rights to "Stardust" to Miramax almost 10 years ago, but he ended up getting the rights back after two years were wasted on development a not-uncommon experience considering that many of his books, stories and graphic novels had been picked up but lingered on people's desks. (At one point, The Hollywood Reporter called him "the most-optioned author in Hollywood who has yet to have any of his work translated to the big screen.") More...


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