EXCLUSIVE: Producer Eric Newman’s new Studiocanal shingle Grand Electric has set its first project, an adaptation of Trevor Lummis’ Life And Death In Eden: Pitcairn Island And The Bounty Mutineers, which scribe Kristina Lauren Anderson has been set to adapt. The pic will tell the true tale of what happened after the famed HMS Bounty mutiny led by Fletcher Christian — the 1789 naval uprising that Hollywood has re-created often with the likes of Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson playing Christian.
The news comes just more than a month after Newman pacted on the multi-year joint venture with Studiocanal in his first tie-up since he and Marc Abraham split their prolific Universal-based Strike Entertainment. He has been busy since then, among other things exec producing for Netflix Hemlock Grove and the upcoming Narcos with Jose Padilha directing.
Life And Death In Eden, first published in 1997, chronicles the English sailors’ failed attempt to create an island paradise far from the reach of British justice on remote Pitcairn island. Within four short years all but one of the men was dead from violence. The descendants of the failed utopia, born to the sailors and their native Tahitian wives, live there to this day.
Newman is producing for Grand Electric with the company’s Jacob Jaffke. Evan Nicholas, who brought them the book, is executive producing. Studiocanal’s Ron Halpern and Dan McRae will oversee. The project kicks off Grand Electric’s plan to acquire, develop and produce films for the European and U.S. markets, with Studiocanal the financier, foreign sales entity and direct distributor in its territories.
Anderson was just tapped to adapt the Warner Bros feature Invisibility from the supernatural romance YA novel by David Levithan and Andrea Creme. She also wrote Catherine The Great, which circulated around town this summer, and her previous script Forever Jiaying was a Nicholl semifinalist and Zoetrope finalist. She is repped by Verve, the Schiff Company and Jackoway Tyerman.