Laurence Fishburne is planning to write and direct an adaptation of Paulo Coelho's adventure novel The Alchemist. As the Variety article puts it, the "story centers on a young Spaniard who embarks on a quest to find a hidden treasure within the Egyptian pyramids."
And yet, this book is so much more than just that story! This is one of the few books I've read several times, finding new inspiration with each additional read. I have faith Fishburne could do some good things with an adaptation, but this is one book to definitely read if you haven't yet before it's brought to Hollywood. And then come back so we can discuss it.