Gold Circle has preemptively acquired movie rights to Stephen Harding’s “The Castaway’s War: One Man’s Battle Against Imperial Japan.”
Described as “‘Lone Survivor’ meets ‘Hell in the Pacific,’” the book tells the true story of U.S. Naval Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, a prewar football star at the University of Alabama, who went into the water as his destroyer the USS Strong was torpedoed in the Solomon Islands in 1943 and washed up desperately injured on a small Japanese-occupied island. Against all odds, Miller survived his injuries and spent a month fighting a one-man guerrilla war against the enemy outpost, the outcome of which proved pivotal in the Allied war effort.
Miller was ultimately rescued and subsequently decorated by Eleanor Roosevelt. A movie project about Miller went into development with John Wayne set to play Miller at the height of his fame.
Paul Brooks will produce “The Castaway’s War” for Gold Circle. The company is out to writers.
Gold Circle’s producing credits include the “Pitch Perfect” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” franchises. “Pitch Perfect 3” is due out on Dec. 21, 2017.
Scott Mendel at the Mendel Media Group negotiated the deal on behalf of Harding. Harding previously authored the New York Times bestseller “The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe.”