Tagline takes ‘Time’ tale

'West's' Ellis has been attached as scribe

NEW YORK — TV shingle Tagline Prods. is moving into films, acquiring Dust Bowl tale “The Worst Hard Time,” by New York Times scribe Timothy Egan, for development as a feature.

Kirk Ellis, supervising producer and writer on the TNT limited series “Into the West,” has been attached as scribe.

Nonfiction book centers on the small number of people who stayed behind on the Great Plains after the cataclysmic dust storms of the 1930s, often because of false promises that the land was suitable for farming. The title won kudos for nonfiction tome at the National Book Awards in Gotham earlier this month. Egan covers the Pacific Northwest for the Gray Lady.

Tagline has concentrated on television production but will develop “Time” as a feature. Chris Henze, who is producing with fellow Tagline partner Ron West, says the project lends itself to an ambitious but self-contained story instead of a series.

Tagline is the producing arm of management firm Thruline; under the auspices of Kelly Kulchak, it has been the force behind cable skeins including “Psych,” which it produces with NBC Universal TV Studios. Series was just picked up for a second season.

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