Amber, Forecast to develop Jim Swire

Story will focus on Dr. Jim Swire, father of crash victim

Amber Entertainment and Forecast Pictures are developing a feature based on Dr. Jim Swire (pictured above), whose daughter perished in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988.

Forecast’s Jean Charles Levy will collaborate with Amber’s Ileen Maisel and Lawrence Elman. Audrey O’Reilly has been tapped to write the screenplay.

Swire’s daughter Flora was among the 259 people killed on board the flight, including 189 Americans. The story will follow a father’s journey in search of the truth to honor the memory of his child.

Swire, an English doctor, was active in the UK Families Flight 103 action group seeking a public inquiry into the crash. Following probes by the FBI and the Scottish police, two Libyans were charged with the bombing but it took 13 years and UN sanctions on Libya to bring them to court. One, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, was convicted of 270 counts of murder in 2001.

Swire said film’s team “has the skills, humanity and resources to create a film which will respect the depths of the many human tragedies involved, but also make us rejoice that love and the human spirit cannot in the end be overcome by evil.”

Amber and Forecast are not disclosing details about the project other than saying the movie is “not intended to make judgments; but to tell of Jim Swire’s integrity in his never ending demand for truth and justice.”

O’Reilly is represented by Mark Casarotto of Casarotto Ramsey and Associates.

Amber recently announced a partnership with Penguin Books U.K. to produce Marcus Blake’s action-adventure book and feature “Atlantis: Revelation” with Julian Fellowes exec producing. Amber is in post-production on “Romeo and Juliet,” starring Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth, and “Molly Moon,” an adaptation of Georgia Byng’s fantasy novel.

Paris-based Forecast produced “The Tall Man” and “Lullaby for Pi.”

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