Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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Nowrasteh on board to direct

Newly launched Primeridian Entertainment has hired Cyrus Nowrasteh to write and direct a feature film based on the life of Soviet dissident and author Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Primeridian’s Arcadiy Golubovich and Tim O’Hair, who introduced the project at Cannes, will produce and finance the project as the first feature under the Primeridian Entertainment banner.

The company has optioned rights to D.M. Thomas’ biography “Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century in His Life.” Nowrasteh will write the script with his wife, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh. The couple recently collaborated on adapting Ann Rice’s “Christ the Lord.”

Solzhenitsyn (pictured) was a Red Army officer who, after being accused of anti-Soviet propaganda, was imprisoned from 1945 to 1953. He wrote “The Gulag Archipelago” and “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970.

Solhenitsyn was expelled from Russia four years later and lived in exile in Vermont before returning to Russia in the mid 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. He died in 2008.

“It’s a privilege to tell the courageous story of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,” Nowrasteh said. “Millions suffered and died in the Soviet labor camps. As a survivor, he resolved to tell the world about it.”

Nowrasteh wrote and directed “The Day Reagan Was Shot” and “The Stoning of Soraya M.” He also wrote ABC’s “The Path to 9/11.”

Nowrasteh is represented by CAA.

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