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Inkheart is a 2008 fantasy film, directed by Iain Softley. It is based on the 2003 German novel of the same name by Cornelia Funke. The film was first slated for release on March 19, 2008, but has been pushed back to December 12, 2008 in the UK and January 23, 2009 in the US, partially because of New Line's marketing worries in connection with now-concluded 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.
The author of the book on which the film was based, Cornelia Funke was quoted as saying that "we had our second screening (summer 2007), which went well, and I really loved the movie, but they are still changing things, especially at the end."
The production of the movie progressed very slowly. The American release was originally slated for Christmas 2007, but then was changed to March 19, 2008. In addition, the film was further pushed back and is now set to open January 23, 2009.
Inkheart was filmed at Shepperton Studios near London, England and on location in 2006/2007.
When Mo (Brendan Fraser) reads aloud from books, he has the ability to make the characters come out of the book, into real life. Mo discovered his power when his daughter Meggie (Eliza Bennett), was just a baby.
Mo read aloud from the book Inkheart, which caused several of the book's wicked characters, including Capricorn (Andy Serkis), to literally come to life. But while he read them out of the book, he accidentally read Meggie’s mother, Teresa (Sienna Guillory) into the story.
Meggie is 12 years old, but knows nothing of her father's bizarre and powerful talent. But Meggie is annoyed that Mo still refuses to read to her. Capricorn, a man who burns for pleasure and being so evil that he would "feed a bird to a cat on purpose, just to watch it being torn apart", has searched for Meggie's father for years, seeking to twist Mo's powerful talent to his own dark means. Finally, Capricorn realizes that the best way to lure Mo to his remote mountain hideaway is to use his beloved daughter Meggie as bait. While Meggie discovers Capricorn's ruthless plan, she too, can pluck people from pages and bring them to life, but it takes a while for her to realize her power.
- Brendan Fraser as Mortimer Folchart
- Eliza Bennett as Meggie Folchart
- Paul Bettany as Dustfinger
- Andy Serkis as Capricorn
- Jim Broadbent as Fenoglio
- Helen Mirren as Elinor Loredan
- Rafi Gavron as Farid
- Sienna Guillory as Teresa Folchart
- Lesley Sharp as Mortola
- Matt King as Cockerell
- Jamie Foreman as Basta
- Marnix Van Den Broeke as The Shadow
- Steve Speirs as Flatnose
- Jessie Cave as Water nymph
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