Thesps play with ‘Child’ adaptation

Family drama to begin lensing in July

Andy Garcia, Frances O’Connor and Angela Bassett will star in “The Lazarus Child,” Ron Bass’ adaptation of Robert Mawson’s 1998 novel.

Developed and fully financed by Italian production-distribution shingle Eagle Pictures, it will be directed by Graham Theakston. The Morgan Creek pic will be distributed through Warner Bros. Pictures.

Slated for a July 28 start date, “Lazarus Child” is a family drama that begins when a girl goes into a coma after being hit by a bus. Her only hope for recovery comes from an eccentric researcher. The girl’s 12-year-old brother enlists to be hooked up to travel into his sister’s mind, in hopes of bringing them both out alive.

Bass is a co-producer with Eagle principal Chiro Dammicco. CAA repped the package with the exception of Garcia, who’s repped by Paradigm.

Eagle hired Bass nearly three years ago, paying him $2 million for his services. Eagle paid another million for the novel’s feature rights.

Theakston is the helmer of British miniseries (“The Politician’s Wife”). This will be his first feature to receive a domestic theatrical release.

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