The Portable Door, the first in a series of novels written by Patrick Holt, is being developed into a film adaptation that will star Sam Neill and Christoph Waltz.
Leon Ford (Griff The Invisible) has written the script and Jeffrey Walker, who has directed episodes of Modern Family and Young Rock, will helm the film.
The Portable Door is a fantasy adventure that follows two interns who begin working at a mysterious firm where many of the employees are involved with magic. The book was released in 2003, the first in Holt’s J.W. Wells & Co. series. Since then, six more novels have been published. If this adaptation is a success, expect sequels to follow.
It seems unlikely that Waltz and Neill will be playing interns, so it’s unclear right now what their roles will be.
Other actors in the cast include Patrick Gibson (The OA), Miranda Otto (Lord Of The Rings), Chris Pang (Crazy Rich Asians), and Rachel House (Thor: Ragnarok).
Waltz will next be seen in Wes Anderson‘s The French Dispatch, long-delayed 007 film No Time To Die, and Disney’s new version of Pinocchio.
Neill will be seen in the next Thor film, Love & Thunder, while he’s also reprising his role as Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic World: Dominion.
Production is just beginning on the The Portable Door in Queensland, Australia, and the film is expected to be released sometime in 2022.