British filmmaker Mike Le Han and production partner Black Lake have attached a trio of leads for teen fantasy “The Peppercorn Chronicles” — Jodelle Ferland (“Twilight,” pictured above), Noah Ringer and Michael Eklund.
Project is loosely based on “Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room,” a 24-minute fantasy short that won best short film at the HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2011.
Story, scripted by Le Han and spouse Helen Le Han, follows a teenage girl who moves to Black Lake with her parents. After meeting the local bakery owner’s son, she discovers dark secrets revealing that she could be the key to saving humanity.
The Le Hans sold the franchise rights in 2011 to Brit crime author Martina Cole’s production company Black Lake and are aiming to launch a trilogy. Cole will executive produce.
Production is expected to begin in February in the U.S. and Hungary.
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Le Han is repped by Sara Bottfeld and Sarah Dodge at Industry Entertainment. Ferland is repped by ICM Partners and Play Management. Ringer is repped by CAA and the Law Offices of Mark A. Butler. Eklund is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency, Red and attorneys Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder.