Inkheart: According to Variety, New Line Cinema has acquired rights to develop bestselling German children's author Cornelia Funke's hotly pursued novel "Inkheart" as a potential kids fantasy franchise.

Now that The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is complete, New Line has been casting its net for another multi-installment fantasy blockbuster. "Inkheart" joins development project "His Dark Materials," based on Philip Pullman's novels, among likely contenders.

"Inkheart" is an adventure story about a young girl whose father has the power to bring characters from books to life by reading those books aloud. When a power-hungry villain from a rare children's fable kidnaps the man, his daughter bands with a group of friends both real and imagined to set things right.

Brian B.