This article was corrected on May 12, 2003.
Indie production company Cinema Revival, headed by producer David W. Johnson and writer-director Scott William Alvarez, has optioned the feature film rights to Patricia Anthony’s six published novels, more than 30 short stories and several unpublished manuscripts.
Anthony has collaborated with Alvarez on two pics the company will produce.
“Conscience of the Beagle” is a sci-fi political thriller about an android with the mind of an overconfident behavioral scientist that’s sent to Earth’s richest colony to prevent terrorism igniting civil war.
Anthony and Alvarez also collaborated on the adaptation of her novel “Flanders,” which Alvarez will direct. The supernatural drama follows a Texan sharpshooter for the British forces in WWI as he experiences visions of a world beyond the trenches.
“It’s delightful to work with filmmakers like Scott and David who see story through the unflinching lens of truth, where there are no heroes or villains — only flawed human beings thrust into extraordinary circumstances,” said Anthony.
Anthony’s “Brother Termite” is in development at 20th Century Fox with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment; John Sayles is adapting the novel.
In addition to the Anthony properties, Cinema Revival is also developing two other pics Alvarez will direct.
“The Chain” is a thriller inspired by true events about a young deputy who stumbles on the murders of illegal immigrants in the meatpacking plants of Nebraska. Pic is based on a script penned by Alvarez, a Nebraska native, and Scott Pittock.
Alvarez will also direct supernatural drama “A Daughter of God,” written by David H. Breaux, about a woman who hides on skid row to keep her miraculous powers from discovery.
Cinema Revival is also packaging Marc Novack’s script “Sanctuary,” about the rescue of 1,000 refugees during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and “The Sword of El Segundo,” a children’s comedy-adventure penned by Carl Bergetz about a sixth-grade swashbuckler who saves his neighborhood from an evil land developer.
Johnson’s recent producing credits include Mike Binder’s “The Search for John Gissing,” starring Janeane Garofalo, Alan Rickman and Binder.