Elfont, Kaplan teaming with McLaughlin to option tome
Months after it was evicted from its nest at a Fifth Avenue Co-op in New York City, the red-tail hawk Pale Male has not only returned home, he’s nesting in a movie deal as well. Deb Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who’ve written and directed such films as “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Josie and the Pussycats,” have teamed with producer Christian McLaughlin to option “Red-Tails in Love.” Written by Wall Street Journal nature columnist Marie Winn, the book tells the story of a group of bird watchers in Central Park who became captivated by Pale Male and its mate when they set up a nest at the co-op — an exceptional occurrence. The group bonded as they chronicled the activities of the birds and got involved when residents of the co-op served an eviction notice. Kaplan and Elfont will use the book to create an ensemble romance about disconnected people who bond over the birds. They will write and direct.