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AFM: Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Pennsylvania’ in the Works as Movie

Jorgensen Pictures is developing Michael Bunker’s science-fiction novel “Pennsylvania” as a feature film, Variety has learned exclusively.

The banner is introducing the project to buyers at the American Film Market, which opened Wednesday.

The story, published last year, centers on a young Amish man who signs up for an emigration program to help colonize the planet of New Pennsylvania to start a farm and homestead on affordable land in a new Amish community. But when he arrives in the middle of a rebel uprising, he will discover that being a stranger in the old world doesn’t even compare to being a stranger in a new world.

Stacy Jorgensen is producing. Her credits include the sci-fi horror film “Grey Skies” and the upcoming comedy “Rehab.”

Bunker is adapting the first draft of the screenplay. He was repped in the rights deal by Jeff Gerecke of G Agency.

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