‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ heads to bigscreen

Scion Films sets Angela Workman to adapt

Brit-based Scion Films has landed the film rights to Diane Ackerman’s acclaimed nonfiction tome “The Zookeeper’s Wife” with Angela Workman set to adapt.

Tollin Prods. and Rowe/Miller Prods., which together brought in the project, will produce with Scion.

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” chronicles the true story of how Jan and Antonina Zabinski, the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, turned it into a safe haven for Jews after the Germans invaded Poland during WWII.

The Zabinskis hid scores of Jews in cages and sheds, as well as in their own home. The zoo soon became known by its guests — who were given animal names — as “The House Under a Crazy Star,” where humanity was tested and found.

Ackerman’s book, published by W.W. Norton, spent 54 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list three years ago.

Scion’s Jeff Abberley and Julia Blackman will produce the bigscreen adaptation with Tollin Prods.’ Mike Tollin and Kim Zubick and Rowe/Miller’s Diane Miller-Levin and Robbie Rowe-Tollin.

Workman has adapted other notable tomes, including “1421” for Warner Bros. and, most recently, Lisa See’s bestselling novel “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” with Fox Searchlight to release the latter picture. Other credits include “Bronte.”

Other Scion titles include “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Constant Gardener” and “Becoming Jane.”

Tollin Prods. is currently prepping “Green Wave” at New Line, with Tollin to direct and produce.

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