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Tom Stoppard, Solipsist Films Set Scribe For Franz Stigler WWII Drama ‘A Higher Call’

By | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 5:20pm PDT

higher-callEXCLUSIVE: Neophyte screenwriter John Marckesano has been tapped to adapt true story WWII tale A Higher Call for Oscar-winner Tom Stoppard (Empire of the Sun, Shakespeare In Love) and Solipsist Films. Adam Makos wrote the 2012 NY Times bestseller nonfiction tome A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II, about the unlikely December 1943 incident that occurred in the skies above Europe between American Lieutenant Charlie Brown and German ace fighter pilot Franz Stigler. As the highly unusual historical event goes, Stigler opted not to shoot down Brown’s crippled B-17 bomber and instead escorted Brown and his heavily wounded crew to safety. The two men reunited decades later.

Stoppard and Solipsist Films acquired the rights with producer Stephen L’Heureux. Marckesano, a recent USC grad and full time commercial airline pilot, was tapped to adapt Higher Call after developing another project, Black Flag, with Solipsist. L’Heuruex and Will Stoppard will produce. Marckesano is repped by Erik Hyman of Loeb & Loeb. Stoppard is repped by Paradigm and United Agents in the UK. Solipsist is repped by CAA.

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Tom Stoppard, Solipsist Films Set Scribe For Franz Stigler WII Drama ‘A Higher Call’

By | Monday May 5, 2014 @ 5:20pm PDT

higher-callEXCLUSIVE: Neophyte screenwriter John Marckesano has been tapped to adapt true story WWII tale A Higher Call for Oscar-winner Tom Stoppard (Empire of the Sun, Shakespeare In Love) and Solipsist Films. Adam Makos wrote the 2012 NY Times bestseller nonfiction tome A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II, about the unlikely December 1943 incident that occurred in the skies above Europe between American Lieutenant Charlie Brown and German ace fighter pilot Franz Stigler. As the highly unusual historical event goes, Stigler opted not to shoot down Brown’s crippled B-17 bomber and instead escorted Brown and his heavily wounded crew to safety. The two men reunited decades later.

Stoppard and Solipsist Films acquired the rights with producer Stephen L’Heureux. Marckesano, a recent USC grad and full time commercial airline pilot, was tapped to adapt Higher Call after developing another project, Black Flag, with Solipsist. L’Heuruex and Will Stoppard will produce. Marckesano is repped by Erik Hyman of Loeb & Loeb. Stoppard is repped by Paradigm and United Agents in the UK. Solipsist is repped by CAA.

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Noah Wyle’s Wyle Katz Banner Options Two Titles For Mini On U.S. Debate Over Entering WWII

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 3:21pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Noah Wyle and Jim Katz’s Wyle/Katz Productions has partnered with Brillstein Entertainment Partners to acquire worldwide screen rights to historian Lynne Olson‘s books The Murrow Boys (co-written with Stanley Cloud) and the just published Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh And America’s Fight Over World War II. They will now find a writer to draft a miniseries about the loud debate between the interventionists led by Edward R. Murrow who pressed for joining England in the fight against Hitler as Germany ravaged Europe, opposed by an isolationist movement led by national hero Charles Lindbergh, which argued that as the U.S. recovered from the Great Depression the last thing it needed was to fight another country’s battle. Wyle, whose TNT series Falling Skies just got renewed for a fourth season that grows from 10 to 12 episodes a season, will produce the mini with Katz and BEP’s Danny Sussman. Wyle said the project hasn’t been set at a network, but it sounds like Turner will be a stop along the trail, as Wyle said the network has become re-interested in longform subjects. Read More »

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Solipsist Films, Tom And Will Stoppard Option WWII Book ‘A Higher Call’

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 2:02pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Solipsist Films has acquired rights to Adam Makos’ just-published WWII historical book A Higher Call for Tom Stoppard and Will Stoppard’s Deep Springs Pictures. The Stoppards (Tom is the Oscar-winning Shakespeare In Love scribe) will co-produce along side Solipsist’s Stephen L’Heureux. A Higher Call is the true story of a German fighter pilot who had a wounded American bomber and its crew in its crosshairs. It was five days before Christmas and the aviator did the unthinkable by sparing the lives of the Americans and escorting the bomber to safety. This comes as Solipsist Films is in postproduction for Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For with Robert Rodriguez. The label also will produce Undying Love at Warner Bros and Joe Carnahan directing. L’Heureux is repped by CAA and the Stoppards by Paradigm. David Vigliano reps the author.

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