Augmenting its vidpic coffers, CBS has optioned Hannah Nyala’s book “Point Last Seen: A Woman Tracker’s Story” for a two-hour telefilm.
Joe Broido, Les Alexander and Don Enright will exec produce the pic, set to be adapted by Ronni Kern, who also will serve as co-executive producer.
“Point Last Seen” — which was published last month by Beacon Press — begins with tales of Nyala’s upbringing by increasingly religious parents in backwoods Mississippi. She later marries, then is forced to escape a vicious husband and moves to the desert to ease her grief.
Drawing on hunting skills fostered by her Sioux Indian grandmother, she earns her living as a search-and-rescue tracker for the National Park Service. All the while, her ex-husband repeatedly abducts their children and threatens the author. Her tracking stories serve as metaphors for life lessons she’s learned along the way.
UTA’s Richard Green and Howie Sanders brokered the deal on behalf of Nyala’s Gotham lit agent, Deborah Schneider of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents.