Not only do we have the news that The Jim Henson Company is adapting Tom Holt’s The Portable Door, but we also have word on two of the names who’ll be headlining the picture.
Via The Hollywood Reporter, both Christoph Waltz and Guy Pearce are on board to star in this adaptation of Holt’s comedic fantasy adventure series.
The Portable Door will see Spectre’s Waltz as Humphrey Wells, CEO of the J.W. Wells & Co. company – and a character pegged as the charismatic villain of the piece who’s looking to incorporate corporate strategy into the world of mystical magic.
As for Iron Man 3’s Pearce, he’ll be playing Dennis Tanner in the movie. That character is a shape-shifting goblin who finds himself lumbered in middle management at J.W. Wells & Co.
The official word on The Portable Door reads:
Starting a new job is always stressful, but when Paul Carpenter arrives at the office of H.W. Wells he has no idea what trouble lies in store. Because he is about to discover that the apparently respectable establishment now paying his salary is in fact a front for a deeply sinister organisation that has a mighty peculiar agenda. It seems that half the time his bosses are away with the fairies. But they’re not, of course. They’re away with the goblins.
Modern Family’s Jeffrey Walker – who actually played Bronson Twist in the beloved Round the Twist – is on directing duties for The Portable Door, with Offspring’s Leon Ford penning the film’s screenplay.