Anderson, Lifetime will ride ‘Buffalo’

Lofton to adapt Bohjalian's book

Craig Anderson Prods., which adapted author Chris Bohjalian’s book “Midwives” into last year’s Sissy Spacek-led movie for Lifetime, will adapt Bohjalian’s “The Buffalo Soldier,” again for Lifetime.

Craig Anderson will exec produce, while scribe Christopher Lofton, who has worked with Anderson on such projects as “The Ballad of Lucy Whipple,” will adapt the book. Glenn Jordan, who directed “Midwives,” is directing. Rabineau Wachter Agency negotiated the book rights on behalf of Bohjalian.

“The Buffalo Soldier” concerns a grieving Vermont couple who, after the tragic deaths of their twin daughters, bring a foster child into their home.

“This story is an interesting study of what happens after grief and how people heal themselves,” Anderson told Daily Variety. “It’s a very powerful, emotional story that’s strong in the end because it shows people can do it.”

Character-driven story

Anderson, whose company’s credits include CBS’ live production of “On Golden Pond,” as well as “The Piano Lesson” and “Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal,” added that “Buffalo” is representative of the kinds of character-driven stories he aims to tell.

“We’re always looking for depth of character and a fresh point of view that hasn’t been told before,” he said. “And when you get a good book with good characters, you also have a chance of getting some really good actors involved.”

Lifetime senior VP of original movies Trevor Walton said the project fits rightinto the network’s strategy of delivering “compelling contemporary stories with strong women’s themes.”

“Chris Bohjalian obviously is a writer we love; we had tremendous success with ‘Midwives,’ ” said Walton, whose division preems a dozen original pics annually. “We have a great group of people on board and a book by a writer who knows how to deliver a taut story that our audience responds to.”

Next up from Lifetime’s movie division is an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ “We Were the Mulvaneys,” which preems April 8.

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