Sharp Independent at HarperCollins and Killer Films are partnering for a screen adaptation of the memoir of Elissa Wall, the woman whose testimony helped convict polygamist Warren Jeffs last year.
Wall’s memoir, “Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs,” bowed last week at No. 6 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Wall is a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was star defense witness in the rape trial of former sect prophet Jeffs. Jeffs was convicted in September of two counts of being an accomplice to rape by forcing a 14-year-old Wall to marry her cousin.
Sharp prexy Jeffrey Sharp and Killer co-prexy Christine Vachon will work with Wall to assemble talent involved. Book was published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.
In the book, Wall frankly discusses polygamy, the brutal truth of teenage marriage and sexual abuse, and how her crucial role as the prosecution’s lead witness helped bring down the leader.
“Elissa’s bravery in confronting Warren Jeffs at trial was extraordinary,” Sharp said. “But it was the strength that she demonstrated everyday of her dual life, both inside and outside of the FLDS compound that I found fascinating.”
Vachon said she was “excited about helping to bring this amazing and timely story to the screen.”
Sharp and Vachon’s previous collaborations include “Boys Don’t Cry” and “A Home at the End of the World.”