EXCLUSIVE: Cecchi Gori Pictures has optioned Global Flyer, the autobiography of British hang-gliding champion Brian Milton. They will develop a film based on Milton’s miraculous recovery from a near-death crash in 1987. A year later, he attempted to become the first man to circumvent the globe in a microlight. Against adversity that included betrayal, abandonment and crashes, Milton did it in 80 days. It earned him a place as one of the 10 top British adventurers of all time. Said Cecchi Gori Pictures CEO Niels Juul: “Brian’s story is such an affirmation of the power of the human spirit. With plenty of humor and heart, we feel strongly that the story fits beautifully with the Cecchi Gori tradition of making films that celebrate the triumph of love and character — however unlikely, and whatever the obstacle.”

Cecchi Gori, the company behind Life is Beautiful, Il Postino and Mediterraneo, has completed a major restructuring after a two-year successful litigation against his former business partner, Gianni Nunnari, which won the company a multimillion-dollar judgment. In 2009, Juul and his recovery firm Nofatego were brought in to spearhead that legal effort. Cecchi Gori’s next project is Silence, the Martin Scorsese-directed adaptation of the Shusako Endo novel. Production is expected to begin early next year.