Goldberg, Sullivan to team on pic

MONTREAL – Sullivan Entertainment, a Canadian TV producer best-known for its “Anne of Green Gables” and “Road to Avonlea” series, has inked a deal with Whoopi Goldberg to co-produce the feature “The Piano Man’s Daughter.” The pic is based on the novel by acclaimed Canuck author Timothy Findley.

Sullivan president Kevin Sullivan and Goldberg will serve as producers, and Sullivan is currently penning the script. Goldberg will not act in the project.

Goldberg purchased the film rights to the period story soon after reading the 1995 novel while starring in helmer Norman Jewison’s “Bogus,” which was lensed in Toronto last year. The film deal was negotiated by Virginia Barber of the New York-based Virginia Barber Literary Agency, which represents Findley, and the film rights were optioned by Goldberg’s company, Whoop. Inc., last fall.

Sullivan came on board because Goldberg wanted a Canadian company to shoot the novel and she was an admirer of “Road to Avonlea.” per Sullivan.

Inspired by Findley’s own family history, “The Piano Man’s Daughter” tells the tale of two Irish immigrant families struggling to make a living in rural Ontario and Toronto from the 1890s to the 1930s.

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