Annapurna Pictures has optioned A House In The Sky, Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout’s memoir about her 2008 abduction by rebel terrorists in Somalia, with aims to develop the project as a starring vehicle for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo‘s Rooney Mara.
The New York Times bestselling memoir tracks Lindhout’s 15 months in captivity and the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her captors who kept the 27-year-old reporter in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to abuse including torture and rape. Lindhout was taken at gunpoint in Mogadishu in August 2008 along with Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan, translator Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, and two drivers while en route to conduct interviews at a refugee camp. While Elmi and the drivers were released in January of 2009, Lindhout and Brennan weren’t freed until their families paid ransom in November of that year after the two had spent 460 days in captivity.
Lindhout later turned her experience into A House In The Sky, co-written by Sara Corbett. Mara and her team found the book and brought it to Annapurna, whose Megan Ellison will produce alongside Mara.
Chelsea Barnard will oversee for Annapurna. Lindhout’s memoir was first published in 2013 by Scribner. Lindhout and Corbett are repped by ICM Partners, who negotiated the deal with Annapurna’s Chris Corabi and Vanessa Fung. Mara is repped by WME and Management 360.