Actor Scott Bakula and his Bakula Prods. banner have pacted with indie film and TV production outfit Green Communications to develop and produce “Promises Kept,” a film based on the true story of Andre Komorowski, the lone survivor of the Katyn Forest Massacre.
Bakula, who will star in the $10 million-$15 million epic love story set in Europe in 1939, brought the project to Green with Bakula Prods. prexy Tom Spiroff.
The pic, penned by scribe Christopher Canaan and based on the book “Night Never Ending” by Komorowski and Joseph L. Gilmore, will be produced by Bakula, Spiroff and Green senior veep Vince Ravine.
Story centers on Komorowski’s escape from the grave — he was presumed dead and buried in a mass grave with thousands of other soldiers — and his journey back to his native Poland, where he was reunited with his wife.
Russian soldiers executed 15,000 members of the Polish army in the forest near the Russian-Poland border on orders from Joseph Stalin.
Principal photography is set for March 1998. It will be Green’s first pic shot entirely in foreign countries.
“This truly unique project … is certain to appeal to audiences worldwide,” Talaat Captan, prexy of Green Communications, told Daily Variety.
“Promises Kept” marks the latest pic on Green’s growing production slate, which includes the recently completed “Time of Her Time,” a pic written and directed by Frances Delia based on a story by Norman Mailer.
The pic will be distributed internationally through Green and is presently being screened for domestic distribs.
Green produced the CBS series “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and has a pair of feature films in development. It is also set to begin lensing this fall “Ground Control,” an action-drama.
Bakula, whose production banner has a first-look TV pact with Paramount TV, begins production later this year on “Major League III: The Minors,” which is set for an April bow.