The television division of Graham King and Tim Headington’s GK Films, GK-tv, announced it has inked a deal with Samuel Goldwyn Films to produce a contemporized TV adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play The Children’s Hour. GK-tv will develop the project as an original TV movie. The modernized TV version of this story about relationships ruined by lies and rumors will incorporate the power of social media to alter and even destroy people’s lives. Search is underway for a writer to pen the 2-hour TV adaptation, and casting for the two female leads will begin immediately. The project was brought to GK-tv by Stefani Deoul and Russell D. Kolody of DK Prods. and they’ll produce. King, Headington, Cegielski and Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. will serve as executive producers. The play has had several Broadway runs and is now prepping a 2011 West End production. It also spawned a 1936 heterosexual feature adaptation titled These Three directed by William Wyler, who then helmed the 1961 version under the original title The Children’s Hour keeping the homosexual subtext intact and starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine.
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