Pinter to pen ‘Child’ for Fox

Fox Searchlight has inked a deal with acclaimed Brit playwright Harold Pinter to adapt Isak Dinesen’s short story “The Dreaming Child” for Julia Ormond to produce and possibly to star.

The project is the second set up under a first-look deal struck last month between Ormond’s production banner, Indican Prods., and the Fox arthouse division.

Penned by the celebrated Danish author Karen Blixen, who wrote in English under the nom de plume Isak Dinesen, “The Dreaming Child” is a the tale of an imaginative orphan who gives his life so that his adoptive mother can find true love.

Searchlight’s Gotham-based creative exec, J. Michael Stremel, is credited with bringing the project into the company.

While Pinter gained fame as the playwright of such works as “The Caretaker” and “The Homecoming,” he has also written numerous screenplays, including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and “Betrayal,” based on his play. He most recently took a spin on a draft of Adrian Lyne’s controversial remake of “Lolita.”

The first project under the two-year deal is “Telling Lies,” an original screenplay by Andrew Marin that Ormond — who starred last year in “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” for the Lindsay Law-helmed Fox film division — will produce.

Dinesen’s most famous work to be adapted for the screen is the 1985 Oscar winner “Out of Africa.” The author also penned the short novel which became the Danish film “Babette’s Feast.” Dinesen’s 1946 gothic tale “The Angelic Avengers” is currently in development at Universal Pictures with Lobell/Bergman Prods.

Ormond is repped by Kevin Huvane and Bryan Lourd of CAA.

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