“The White Hotel” is open for business once again.
The acclaimed D.M. Thomas novel — once earmarked for Cannes jury president Emir Kusturica — is now in the hands of Santa Barbara-based JOA Prods., headed by Susan Stewart Potter. The project is slated to shoot in the Czech Republic later this year.
The prolific but obscure Philippe Mora will direct the pic. Credits for Potter, who wrote the screenplay, include writing the libretto for “Joan of Arc,” a musical drama that premiered in 1994 in Santa Barbara and won an award from Back Stage West as the year’s best musical.
Published in 1981, “White Hotel” earned the L.A. Times Book Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize.
Novel begins in post-World War I Vienna and ends in a Nazi concentration camp. The surreal drama traces the life of an opera singer who enlists the help of Sigmund Freud and becomes his famous case study known as Anna G.
Five years ago, “Thin Red Line” producers Robert Geisler and John Roberdeau were found guilty of breaching their fiduciary duty to investor Gerard Rubin and they lost control of “White Hotel” and other projects.
The project had attracted the interest of Dustin Hoffman, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep.