Tom Holt’s 7-book series The Portable Door had come out back in 2003, and 20 years later, the project is finally getting its movie adaptation with a cast that includes Sam Neill, Christoph Waltz, and Miranda Otto.
Check out the trailer for The Portable Door:
Here’s the official description:
Paul Carpenter (Patrick Gibson) is an intern at a mysterious London firm with unconventional employers, including a CEO who wants to disrupt the ancient magical world with modern corporate practices.
The movie comes from Jeffrey Walker, who had directed Dance Academy: The Movie and Ali’s Wedding. He had also directed episodes for TV with shows like Modern Family, The Commons, and Young Rock.
I guess it’s also worth noting that the magical company in the film, J.W. Wells & Co. comes from another piece of fiction called The Sorcerer which was a Victorian era play by writers Gilbert & Sullivan. Other books in the Holt’s series include, In Your Dreams; Earth, Air, Fire, and Custard; You Don’t Have to Be Evil to Work Here, but it Helps; The Better Mousetrap; May Contain Traces of Magic; and Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages.
The series seems to be leaning in on the magical element, and kind of feels like a magical secret society that’s been controlling everything without people knowing it. Personally, it kind of feels like a Harry Potter spinoff where we follow wizard office workers, but I guess we’ll just see where it goes.
The Portable Door is set to release in cinemas on March 23.