Hey, my turn to give my opinion
(why is everybody running away when I say that ?)
AF is without a doubt a very, very cinemtographic series. When I first read it I immediately thought that this was written to become a movie.
I do hope there will be a movie, I'm glad Harvey Weinstein is on it because this guy produced a lot of good movies (like many of the Tarantinos for example), but I'm really afraid about the Disney part. I'm not going to make a lot of friends 'round here, but I've hated all Disney classics even as a kid, and though I know they did produce some nice stuff, I can't imagine Disney as nothing else but a big company who cares more about the business than the real quality of the product. Welcome to Hollywood, babe --'
But the thing that creeps me out the most is this idea of mixing the two first books into one movie. I DO get why they would do that, because the first book is more of a ''huit-clos'' (can't find how this translates) and the second is more packed with action, but... Doing this would only mean cut a lot of scenes, most likely developing-character-scenes so the viewer doesn't get bored, and the movie would only look like an empty stupid blockbuster. It really scares me, because the book changed my life so much (really, if I hadn't read the books I wouldn't have my best friend and would have most likely fallen into depression even before high school, no kiddings), because it was NOT like any other children book, the tone, the characters, the story, all of this was unique and I won't bare it to be turned into another spiritless blockbuster.
To me the only hope is the quality of the team, especially the director. The very, very best would be Guillermo del Toro
; this guy directed a lot of excellent movies (like the masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth
), but most of all he has a real vision and universe, which could make the movie as unique as the book is. He's one of the only directors I know that can both keep the spirit of the original work and make it his own - for example, look at the Hellboy
But even if Michael Bay is to direct the movie (may Zeus help us all in this case), I'll go watch it, because an AF movie is everything I've ever dreamed of since I'm 11. Now I'm only waiting to see if I'll go out of the cinema crying from happiness or extreme despair