Relativity and Walden Media will develop, finance and produce a feature film adaptation of Alice Ozma’s “The Reading Promise.”
The book is a memoir of how a shared passion for reading helped a single father and his youngest daughter navigate the ups and downs of their lives.
“Akeelah and the Bee” writer Doug Atchison is on board to write the screenplay.
Walden Media chief operating officer Frank Smith said, “At its core, ‘The Reading Promise’ is a heartfelt, imaginative story that celebrates family and love of reading, and as such, celebrates the core tenants of a Walden Media film.”
“The Reading Promise” is based on an elementary school librarian and his daughter who made a promise to read aloud together for 100 consecutive nights. They then decided to maintain the storytelling ritual, so they continued their tradition until the night she left for college — 3,218 nights later.
The story is told as a series of vignettes by Osma about her relationship with her father Jim Brozina and the life lessons learned from the books he read to her.
Ryan Kavanaugh and Deborah Giarratana will produce the film alongside Walden Media. Tucker Tooley will serve as executive producer.
Walden Media’s VP of development and production Naia Cucukov, who was an actual student of Jim Brozina’s in their town of Millville, N.J., brought the project to Walden and will oversee the project on behalf of the company.
Robbie Brenner and Josh Reinhold are overseeing the project on behalf of Relativity.