Project focuses on WWII hero who pens his memoirs in Brazil

Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street Prods. is partnering for the first time with Greg and Gavin O’Connor’s Solaris to option “Memoir From Antproof Case,” a novel by Mark Helprin.

In the book, an old American man painstakingly writes his memoirs in a garden in Brazil, then places its pages in an antique case that insects are unable to infiltrate. He’s a WWII hero shot down and imprisoned in Nazi camps who also claims to have been educated in a Swiss mental institution after killing a man on a train.

Helprin also wrote “Solder of the Great War.”

The film will be produced by Trigger Street’s Spacey and Bernie Morris, along with the O’Connors. Latter duo first paired on “Tumbleweeds,” which won the Filmmaker’s Trophy at the 1999 Sundance Festival and was released by Fine Line.

Working on ‘Miracles’

Solaris is in pre-production on “Miracles,” about the U.S. Olympic hockey team, at Disney; Gavin O’Connor is directing and Greg O’Connor producing with Mayhem’s Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray. Solaris also produced “The Specimen,” which played the Tribeca Film Festival and will air on HBO in February.

Trigger Street just completed the Matthew Ryan Hoge-directed “The United States of Leland,” which makes its debut in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Don Cheadle, Ryan Gosling, Chris Klein, Jena Malone, Lena Olin and Michelle Williams star. Trigger Street is adapting the Ben Mezrich book “Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions” for MGM, and it is partnering with Palomar to remake the Norwegian film “Elling.”

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