Kevin Costner just signed a book deal. And it thankfully has nothing to do with his diet, life story, or other run-of-the-mill celebrity musings.
The 57-year-old is set to write a series of novels set during WWI and involving "a clandestine group of adventurers" who "seek out the places where light gives way to shadow and reason is usurped by myth." The first book, titled "The Explorers Guild, Volume One: Passage to Shambhala," focuses on a search for a mythical Buddhist kingdom.
"Each member is driven toward the City for a different reason: one believes that finding it will save his brother’s life; another hopes that it will reveal a path to spiritual enlightenment," said a release. "Some believe the power of the city can be used to restore peace, while others are certain that Shambhala is responsible for bringing mankind to the brink of apocalypse.”
"A heroic quest with the vivid wildness of Jules Verne, and steeped in world history but with mystical overtones, I believe that The Explorers Guild series will engage readers of all ages in a multi-generational experience that will lend itself to a host of entertainment platforms," said Costner in a statement. "As a storyteller and filmmaker, I am intrigued by the inherent resourcefulness, wit, and at times violent nature these characters embody, and I am truly excited to partner with Judith Curr and her team at Atria to bring this epic tale to readers around the world.”
Additional hints of the series' tone comes from Atria Books, which adds that the stories will be "reminiscent of Conrad and Kipling, with the epic sweep of Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Naturally, Costner has big plans for this series beyond just the books. The release clearly states that not only is an animated series planned - but also live-action theatrical films produced by and starring the actor. It adds that "innovative directors" will helm the films behind the camera.
Hey - sounds like a fun ride to me. The entertainment world could certainly use a new "Indiana Jones" type-series that does not involve in any way the input of George Lucas. It would be great to see Costner pull it off.
Look for the first book to arrive in 2014.