Los Angeles-based Transcendent Entertainment, run by Peruvian-born Danny Rodriguez, will be taking the little-known true story of Peruvian French resistance member Magdalena Truel to the bigscreen.
The drama, tentatively titled “Magdalena,” is based on nonfiction bestseller “Final Stop” by former CNN Espanol journalist Hugo Coya who recounts stories gleaned from five years of research on the 21 Peruvians who perished in Nazi camps. Truel saved hundreds of lives from Nazi persecution during World War II through her forgery skills.
Pic is budgeted at an initial $30 million and will likely shoot in France and Peru, where Truel spent the first 18 years of her life.
New York-based helmer-scribe Francis Delia will pen the screenplay. Production designer Thomas Voth, who worked on “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Wanted” among others, is on board to serve as art director of the pic slated to shoot by next year.
Rodriguez is in talks with potential helmers and with likely co-financiers from Europe and Latin America. Project will be unveiled Thursday at the nine-day 18th Lima Film Festival, which wraps on Aug. 16.
Transcendent Entertainment is currently in post with Daniel Duran’s music drama “Strings,” starring Josh Duhamel, Maria Bello, Laura Dern and Lucas Till.