Annapurna has optioned the memoir by co-authors Lindhout and Sara Corbett and will develop the project.
Annapurna’s Megan Ellison will also produce and Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will be the executive overseeing the day-to-day development and production of the project.
Lindhout was abducted in 2008 in Mogadishu, Somalia, by a rebel terrorist group and kept in captivity for 460 days with photographer Nigel Brennan before they were released following ransom payments by their families. “A House in the Sky” details the psychology, motivations, and desperate extremism of her captors as she is kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to abuse.
The book, published by Scribner, was first brought to the attention of Mara through her team at Management 360. They then approached Annapurna.
“Rooney Mara is someone whose talent and adventurous spirit I admire deeply. I’m thrilled that she’s teaming with Annapurna Pictures to bring ‘A House in the Sky’ to the screen. I can’t imagine a better match,” Lindhout said.
Mara received an Oscar nomination for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and just wrapped on “Carol” for Todd Haynes. She is is filming Joe Wright’s origin story “Pan.”
ICM Partners represents Lindhout and Corbett and negotiated the sale of the novel with Annapurna’s Chris Corabi and Vanessa Fung. Mara is represented by WME and Management 360.