THE BOOK: A cult classic since its 1989 publication, this is a surreal tale of a couple who cast their traveling circus with their own freak children.
WHAT HAPPENED? Warner Bros. owns the film rights, and Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton have long been rumored to be involved. Now the Matrix-creating Wachowski siblings are producing, but they are currently focused on Speed Racer, due out in May.
WILL WE EVER SEE THIS MOVIE? Unlikely. Sometimes a project can be loved to death in Hollywood. With Burton, Depp and the Wachowskis in the mix, Warner Bros. isn’t likely to hand it off to another filmmaker, such as Terry Gilliam, who’s expressed interest in the story, for fear of offending those big names.
POTENTIAL SAVIOR: Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) would have a field day with the visual effects needed to showcase the flipper-limbed Arturo and Siamese twins Electra and Iphigenia.