Are there any more details on this movie? Have they started shooting it yet? I just finished the book, and my thoughts on the book are the first 1/3 is quite entertaining, the middle-act is brilliant and fun, but the final act was a bit weak. I've heard Ron Howard is directing with Russell Crowe playing the lead and Kate Beckinsale as Sophie. I think this film, like PotC, will also benefit from extra media hype thanks to controversey (although likely not nearly as much) that is inevitably going to happen. I do think this could be Hollywood's next big franchise, sort of an Indiana Jones for the older crowd. I think the "exotic" locales will translate to a good film, but I'm not sure how the audience will take all the plot twists.