Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (“Django Unchained”) and Emmy Award winner Guy Pearce (“Mildred Pierce”) are set to feature in the fantasy adventure comedy “The Portable Door,” based on the fantasy series by Tom Holt. As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, ArcLight Films will be handling sales of the film at the European Film Market (EFM).
The film will be directed by Australian filmmaker Jeffrey Walker (“Lambs of God”) with Leon Ford (“Griff the Invisible”) having already penned the script that has adapted Holt’s book. The Jim Henson Company and Story Bridge Films will produce, whilst ArcLight Films represent the project for all countries outside of Australia and New Zealand.
Since his star-making turns in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and “Inglourious Basterds,” Waltz has been no stranger to more comedic projects, having starred in the 2017 comedy “Downsizing” and will have a small part in the upcoming “The French Dispatch” from Wes Anderson. Here he goes back to his villainous roots, playing the charismatic antagonist Humphrey Wells in this project, the CEO of a major company shrouded in mystery.
Pearce meanwhile, is set to play a shape-shifting goblin by the name of Dennis Tanner, who is caught in the organization’s middle management. Patrick Gibson (“Tolkien”) will play the leading role of Paul Carpenter, a new intern at Waltz’s organization who begins to become aware that the firm he’s working for may not be what it seems.
Whilst no further news about the film has been released, The Hollywood Reporter did publish a quote from from The Jim Henson Company, on what audiences might be able to expect from the project:
“We were especially drawn to the crowd-pleasing franchise potential of The Portable Door, with its relatable, gritty humor made popular in shows like The Office, and its rich, Harry Potter-like, high-fantasy setting,” said Henson, producer and CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “Once we were able to entice accomplished and versatile director Jeffrey Walker to join the project, we knew we had someone perfectly suited to pull together this unique tone and ground the film for its audience.”
The quote speaks of the franchise potential that “The Portable Door” has, which would make sense given the amount of content available thanks to Holt’s books. If this first film is a success, there’s no reason why this couldn’t be the first of many.