Pulitzer Prize winner to adapt acclaimed novel
Fox 2000 is allying with scripter Robert Schenkkan (“The Quiet American”) for Civil War love story “Enemy Women.”
Schenkkan, winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for the epic drama “The Kentucky Cycle,” is in negotiations to pen the script for the bigscreen version of the Paulette Jiles novel.
Story centers on a Missouri Ozarks woman who, after being sent to a Union prison for her Rebel sympathies, falls in love with a Union officer who helps her escape before being sent to fight in Alabama. Determined to return to her home, she travels 200 miles on foot through hostile territory in hopes of being reunited.
The book received stellar reviews after publication in February, and the studio moved quickly to option it for producers Ed Saxon and Peter Saraf (“The Truth About Charlie”). Fox 2000 creative execs Rodney Ferrell and Jack Leslie are developing it under production prexy Elizabeth Gabler.
Schenkkan co-wrote the screenplay for Miramax’s “The Quiet American” with Christopher Hampton, based on Graham Greene’s novel about the early stages of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. He has extensive playwriting credits, including “Heaven on Earth,” “Final Passages” and “Tachinoki.”
Schenkkan also has performed extensively as an actor but is best known for “The Kentucky Cycle,” the only play ever to win the Pulitzer without first having been produced in New York. It was later adapted as a miniseries for HBO.