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Spiderwick the movie

02/11/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Paramount have announced that The Spiderwick Chronicles, a fantasy movie based on the series of books of the same name, will be released in US cinemas on February 15th 2008.

The movie is directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday), and produced by Mark Canton (300) from a screenplay by Karey Kirkpatrick and David Berenbaum and John Sayles.

"We've had phenomenal success with Hollywood movies that are based on best-selling books, and we are excited to work with Paramount Pictures and the filmmakers to reach the millions of Spiderwick fans with a completely unique way to experience the first film-adapted adventure of this beloved series of books," Greg Foster, chairman of the IMAX cinemas, told SFcrowsnest.com.

In The Spiderwick Chronicles, peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mom) leave New York and move into the secluded old house owned by their great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick.

Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it.

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