The novel “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho will be adapted for the big screen. Legendary Entertainment has acquired the film, television rights to the book, according to Variety. The company will lead its film adaptation development alongside TriStar Pictures and Sony’s Palmstar.

BAFTA, Olivier and Tony Award winner Jack Thorne is said to be writing the film.

The novel was originally published in 1988 in Portuguese. It became an international bestseller and is the world’s most translated book by a living author.

According to the synopsis, the story follows Santiago, a young man who embarks on a journey from his native Spain to the desert of Egypt in search of a worldly treasure.

The story of the treasures that Santiago finds along the way teaches us, like few stories, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens scattered along life’s path and, above all, following our dreams» is noted.

This is not the first attempt to adapt “The Alchemist” for the screen. There have been various attempts over the years, most recently produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Studios. None of these efforts ever came to fruition.