Pic to be directed by Simon Fellows
2B Pictures, the production arm of Blighty’s Future Film Group, is adapting Alan K. Baker’s tome “Dyatlov Pass,” based on a mysterious real-life ski incident, for the bigscreen.
Pic, to be directed by “Malice in Wonderland” helmer Simon Fellows, chronicles the events of February 1959 in Russia’s Ural Mountains when nine ski hikers died. Andy Briggs (“Ghost Town”) will write the script.
The hikers’ deaths have inspired much speculation. The group tore open their tent from the inside and left barefoot in a heavy snowstorm. Though there was no sign of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, one was missing her tongue and clothing belonging to them contained high levels of radiation.
Among theories linked to the event: a military cover-up or paranormal activity.
Stephen Margolis’ Future Film Group will finance the pic, which is skedded to begin lensing in summer 2012 in Eastern Europe.
The deal was brokered by Briggs and Fellows through Barker’s agent, Meg Davis of MBA Literary Agency.
Fellows is repped by Zero Gravity Management, with which Future Film Group collaborates.
Future Film recently made its first foray into TV, financing and producing cooking program “Annabel’s Kitchen” for ITV.