Stone Village producing Russia-set drama
Stone Village has tapped “The Iceman” director Ariel Vromen to adapt A.D. Miller’s Moscow-set novel “Snowdrops” and helm the drama.Stone Village topper Scott Steindorf will produce, with the banner’s Dylan Russell and Scott Lastaiti exec producing. “Snowdrops,” published last year, centers on a British lawyer working in Moscow in the early 2000s amid an abundance of oil money, corruption, decadence, violence and betrayal. Complications ensue when he rescues two sisters from a would-be purse snatcher, falls in love with one of them and is asked to help their aunt find a new apartment. “It’s a great story about the dislocation of the older generation in Russia,” Vromen told Variety. Project is the third set up at Stone Village based on a Russia-set novel. The company is also developing an adaptation of the novel “Amphibian Man,” written by Alexander Beliaev and first published in Russia in 1928, and another on “The Master and Margarita,” written by Mikhail Bulgakov and published in 1967. Caroline Thompson (“Edward Scissorhands”) scripted the latter. Vromen is in pre-production on indie actioner “The Iceman,” the true story of mob killer Richard Kuklinski, starring Michael Shannon. Vromen is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Morgan Land, based on Anthony Bruno’s book “The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer” and interview footage. Nu Image/Millennium Films and Bleiberg Entertainment are producing “The Iceman.” Stone Village is also producing and financing “Carnaval,” starring John Cusack and Johnny Knoxville and shooting in Brazil in January. HSI Films is repping “Carnaval” at the American Film Market. Vromen is repped by UTA and Untitled. Miller is repped by Greg Hunt at Independent Talent in the U.K.