‘Dust Bowl’ scribe set

Mitchell to adapt, Carrey to star

Miramax Films has enlisted scribe Charlie Mitchell to adapt “The Children of the Dust Bowl,” the nonfiction tome penned by social historian Jerry Stanley.

Project, to star Jim Carrey (Daily Variety, Nov. 16), centers on a schoolteacher in 1939 in Bakersfield, Calif., and a group of “Okie” immigrant children who were barred from the California school system as being undesirable to educate. The teacher and the children walked into the desert and built their own school, using whatever materials they could find.

“Children” is being produced by Carrey’s Pitbull Prods., Rob Cohen’s Buddha Belly Prods. and Jersey Films. Erica Steinberg, veep of creative affairs, is overseeing the project for Miramax.

“Charlie knows the world of this film first hand,” said Cohen. “He’s an exceptionally gifted writer, and I’m thrilled he’s bringing his unique sensibility to the project.”

‘Moon’ team

Cohen optioned the Stanley book several years ago and attracted Jim Carrey. Together with Carrey, Cohen set it up with Miramax and invited Jersey to come aboard as producers. Jersey toppers Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg and Danny DeVito produced another Carrey passion project, “Man on the Moon.”

Mitchell, who recently penned Miramax pic “Cinderella Man,” starring Russell Crowe, is repped by WMA.

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