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Nikki Finke Pens Nonfiction Book On Hollywood

SimonSchusterlogoJournalist Nikki Finke, founder of the entertainment news blog Deadline, has been working on a  nonfiction book about Hollywood.

Alice Martell of The Martell Agency negotiated the deal for Finke’s deal. The New York Times reports that Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp edited the manuscript.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “little else is known about the specifics of the project. Simon & Schuster wouldn’t comment on the contents or offer a publication date.”

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It’s Official: There Will Be a Harry Potter Theme Park

As first confirmed last month by Deadline Hollywood Daily’s Nikki Finke (who today offers a slew of first-look pictures) Warner Bros. and Universal Studios have announced are teaming up to create “The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter”, a theme park coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in late 2009. The fully immersive, themed land will enable guests to visit some of the most iconic locations found in the books and the films including the village of Hogsmeade, the mysterious Forbidden Forest, and even Hogwarts castle itself. “The plans I’ve seen look incredibly exciting, and I don’t think fans of the books or films will be disappointed,” said J.K. Rowling.

The new park – or “environment”, as the release refers to it – will feature rides and interactive attractions, as well as experiential shops and restaurants that will enable guests to sample fare from the wizarding world’s best known establishments. The fully immersive, themed land will enable guests to visit some of the most iconic locations found in the books and the films including the village of Hogsmeade, the mysterious Forbidden Forest, and even Hogwarts castle itself.

Books into Theme Parks

If there’s a third one out there, then I can safely call the transformation of books into theme parks a bona fide trend. But for now, let’s gawp at the latest news on this front:

First is the announcement that Dickens World, a theme park devoted to – you guessed it – the work and life of Charles Dickens, has had its opening delayed to May 25. The BBC reports that the one-month delay of the four-acre attraction in Chatham, Kent had been caused by a problem with the standard of some of the materials supplied for their interactive shows. A spokeswoman said: “Dickens World is a complex visitor attraction. Some of the elements for the interactive displays are coming from overseas and at a project meeting this morning it was decided that they weren’t sufficiently finished to our standards.”

Then there’s the inevitable theme park for Harry Potter, as the Sun reports Universal Studios is close to finalizing a deal to build Harry Potter World at its amusement park in Orlando, Florida. The park, once built, will include rollercoasters and rides based on the plots of JK Rowling‘s novels. Nikki Finke actually broke the story first on her blog last Friday, and has more details on the plans. I must say I would totally ride a Quidditch-themed rollercoaster… and Ron says the final blueprints had better include a Diagon Alley shopping strip, too.