Rudin to produce Gavin novel about orphans

Alan Parker will direct and write “Coram Boy,” the feature version of Jamila Gavin’s novel with Scott Rudin and Allison Owen producing.

Adaptation has been set as a co-production of Scott Rudin Prods., Owen’s Ruby Films and BBC Films, in partnership with Miramax and the U.K. Film Council.

Novel, winner of the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, is an epic adventure about two orphans — one rescued from an African slave ship, the other the abandoned son of the heir to a great estate. The duo are raised in Britain’s Coram hospice in 1741.

Novel was separately turned into a play by Helen Edmundson that was a hit at London’s National Theater and has just opened on Broadway.

Parker’s credits include “The Life of David Gale,” “Angela’s Ashes” and “The Commitments.” He’s repped by UTA and ICM London.

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