A couple years ago, I found out that there were plans for a live-action movie of one of my favorite books in all the world, Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn.
Today I found the movie FAQ at the IMDb. Very informative. It turns out that the production company has indeed been saying for years that they're making progress, but it's still "in the stage of raising money and contracting actors." They are apparently planning to use the script Beagle wrote (which used to be downloadable from the official movie website but I don't think is there any more), but Beagle isn't otherwise involved. And that list of actors who've supposedly been cast? Turns out at least one hasn't even been asked yet. Also, the production company has "explicitly asked [fans] not to send any more fan mail."
So it sounds like the movie could still happen, but it's a lot further away from happening soon than various sites have made it sound.
Meanwhile, Connor Cochran, business manager for Peter S. Beagle, has put up a page asking for fans to help Beagle get money apparently owed him by Granada Media for his work on the original animated Last Unicorn movie. The tone of that page kind of puts me off; it talks about Granada owing Beagle money, but doesn't make clear whether that's a legal obligation or an ethical one. It also talks about Beagle's financial difficulties, trying to support his 100-year-old mother, who's ill. I'm a huge Beagle fan, and I certainly want him to receive the recognition and recompense he deserves for his work; still, the page feels manipulative to me, and more like an emotional appeal than a factual discussion.
Cochran's press, Conlan Press, also hosts some Last Unicorn art, by 18-year-old Rebekah Naomi Cox. About that art, Cochran says: "In 40 years Peter has never seen anything he thought better captures the story as he always saw it in his own head."
Finally, the unofficial Beagle site peterbeagle.com is in the process of becoming an official Beagle site; the new version launches October 17.
That site notes that Beagle's new novella "Two Hearts," the bridging story between Last Unicorn and the forthcoming sequel novel, is in the October 2005 issue of F&SF. It says that issue's print run has sold out; but you can still buy a downloadable version from Fictionwise.
Damn—wish I'd seen that site a couple days ago. Turns out Beagle was reading at Borderlands in SF yesterday, as part of the Tachyon Publications 10th Anniversary Party. Oh, well.