Jorgensen Pictures is developing Michael Bunker’s science-fiction novel “Pennsylvania” as a feature film, Variety has learned exclusively.
The banner is introducing the project to buyers at the American Film Market, which opened Wednesday.
The story, published last year, centers on a young Amish man who signs up for an emigration program to help colonize the planet of New Pennsylvania to start a farm and homestead on affordable land in a new Amish community. But when he arrives in the middle of a rebel uprising, he will discover that being a stranger in the old world doesn’t even compare to being a stranger in a new world.
Stacy Jorgensen is producing. Her credits include the sci-fi horror film “Grey Skies” and the upcoming comedy “Rehab.”
Bunker is adapting the first draft of the screenplay. He was repped in the rights deal by Jeff Gerecke of G Agency.