‘Silent Spring’ to get bigscreen adaptation

Chartoff Productions acquires feature rights to Rachel Carson's influential tome

EXCLUSIVE: Fifty years after its publication, Rachel Carson’s environmental tome “Silent Spring” is getting the big-screen treatment.

Robert Chartoff’s Chartoff Productions has acquired feature rights to the book, which documented the use of chemicals on the environment. “Spring” was widely credited with facilitating the ban on pesticide DDT.

But Chartoff’s adaptation will chronicle Carson’s struggle against the chemical industry she fought, which led a campaign to discredit both her and her work. Carson died of breast cancer soon after Houghton Mifflin published the book in 1962.

“Fifty years ago, our passion for pesticides knew no bounds with abuses ranging from massive aerial spray campaigns to impregnating DDT in the wallpaper of children’s bedrooms,” Robert Chartoff said in a statement. “Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’ launched a national debate fought out on front pages of newspapers, on television and in JFK’s news conferences.”

Producers are raising the film’s financing through independent equity sources.

The Library of Congress lists “Spring” as one of its books that shaped America, and President Jimmy Carter posthumously awarded Carson the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Robert Chartoff, whose credits include the “Rocky” series and “The Right Stuff,” is busy with another book-to-film adaptation. The “Raging Bull” producer is currently at work on Summit’s big screen production of Orson Scott Card’s futuristic sci-fi novel “Ender’s Game.”

Chartoff Prods. is also at work on a TV docu on “Silent Spring’s” legacy.