The tome, by Paul Coelho, which has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 67 languages, focuses on the story of a shepherd boy who travels across the Egyptian desert in search of treasure, but meets an alchemist who teaches him the meaning of life.
And Weinstein... says, "It is a book I have been truly inspired by and I have agreed to personally produce it. The Alchemist is simple and spiritual, and the screenplay will reflect that. The book means so much to people on a spiritual level yet there is also a great love story in it. It is an incredibly moving, emotional story.
"I think this story will act as a bridge to the Middle East. In the Middle East, the book has been an overwhelming success. That is a world that we need to know more about an extend a bridge to. This movie could be a healer in that region, bringing the West and the East together, especially the Middle East." Fishburne is set to play the alchemist of the title, and Weinstein is keen to cast Penelope Cruz in his latest project: "One way or another I'm finding a part for Penelope Cruz."
Paul Coelho was present at the AoC-meeting in January and is Ban-Moon appointed "UN-peace envoy", also is he Member of the Board of the Shimon Peres Center for Peace and UNESCO special counsellor for “Intercultural Dialogues and Spiritual Convergences”...more interesting stuff can be found here under "Spirituality": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Coelho
I better stay at my favorite book, see: the "secrets of the tree people".