Calio, Sennet/Sheftell developing WWII pic

Indie shingles Calio Prods. and Sennet/Sheftell Entertainment will develop the story of Virginia d’Albert-Lake, the only American woman to fight with the French Resistance during WWII.

Project’s based on “An American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and Memoir of Virginia d’Albert-Lake,” posthumously published in 2006. D’Albert-Lake had fallen in love with Philippe d’Albert-Lake during a visit to France in 1936, married him soon after and joined the Resistance in 1943, hiding Allied pilots in Paris until they could be ferried out of Nazi-occupied France.

D’Albert-Lake was caught by the Gestapo in 1944, refused to give up the names of other Resistance fighters and was sent to a concentration camp for the last year of the war.

Jim Calio, who optioned the book, has teamed with Sennet/Sheftell Entertainment to ask President Obama to award d’Albert-Lake the Presidential Medal of Freedom when the president visits Normandy on June 6 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

Sennet is a co-creator of HBO’s “K Street,” and his Sennet/Sheftel Entertainment is in development on two political thrillers and in pre-production on a feature adaptation of Stephen King bestseller “Bag of Bones.” Calio exec produced telepic “The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story.”

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