Ferber’s ‘So Big’ coming to small screen on CBS

Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ready for another remake

Edna Ferber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “So Big” will be developed as a two-hour movie for CBS.

Craig Anderson Prods. in association with Gaslight Pictures and Bonneville Worldwide Entertainment have optioned the rights to — and will develop — the classic tale set in turn-of-the-century America, about a penniless widow who single-handedly raises her son and turns a rundown farm into a viable business.

“So Big” has a long film history that includes two Warner Bros. releases: The first, in 1932, starred Barbara Stanwyck and Hardie Albright; the second, in 1953, starred Jane Wyman and Steve Forrest. The CBS telepic marks the novel’s first TV adaptation. Two other novels by Ferber, “Showboat” and “Giant,” were made into highly successful films.

Craig Anderson, who’s exec produced many movies for CBS, including “The Piano Lesson” and “The Staircase,” will exec produce “So Big.” Shanna Tyndall and Greg Gugliotta of Gaslight Pictures will also exec produce, in association with Bonneville Worldwide Entertainment.

The rights to the book were obtained from the Ferber estate, represented by Ferber’s niece and executor of the estate, Julie Gilbert, and attorney Stuart Rosen.

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