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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 January, 2004, 16:53 GMT
'Nessie' poised for big screen
The Loch Ness Monster tale is making a bid for the big screen
The legend of the Loch Ness monster is poised to make a splash at the cinema.

US film producer David Foster, who made The Mask of Zorro, is planning to adapt a forthcoming book about the tale by best-selling author Steve Alten.

Alten said on his official website that a screenplay for the film had been completed and a studio deal was close to being sealed.

His first best-seller, Meg, was about a prehistoric shark. It sold more than a million copies worldwide.

The American author is famed for getting his readers involved in his work.

The Loch was developed after he held a poll to decide his next literary subject, with some of his fans becoming characters in the book.

The Scottish Highlands and Islands Film Commission recently said the local economy had been boosted by 8 million because of interest from Hollywood.


The Harry Potter films were the most recent big scale production to use the Highlands as a setting.

The legend of the Loch Ness Monster has long been a source of fascination for film-makers.

An early production in 1936 claimed to show proof of the creature's existence.

The last horror movie about "Nessie" was filmed in 2001, while a big name production in 1996 starred Ted Danson and Joely Richardson.


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