January 12th, 2012

Some film adaptations under development, production, post-production or ready to be released in 2012

This recently started year 2012, several books by authors represented internationally by Pontas will be adapted for the screens as feature films or tv series. Sometimes the latest film rights from books to be sold to producers are the first ones to be produced; but most of the time, it takes long years to finally attend the premières and see the results of the adaptations. Here are some film adaptations under development, production, post-production or ready to be released in 2012:

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The Door of the Courtyard (Bab al-Saha), by Palestinian author Sahar Khalifeh, focuses on the years of the first Intifada in the city of Nablus, with which the author is very familiar. Film rights have been acquired by Matthieu Warter at Cinemao Productions in France.

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The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Through the Window and Disappeared by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson is under development at Nice Enternainment and the film will be directed by Felix Hengren. Several Hollywood studios are already in conversations with them for the remake rights.

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Waiting for Robert Capa by Susana Fortes’ film rights were acquired by Michael Mann’s production company Forward Pass to team with Columbia Pictures and the script is being written by Jez Butterworth.

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Les visages écrasés (Broken Faces) by Marin Ledun is under development at Junior Productions in France and most probably the novel will be adapted and directed for the screen by Jean-Paul Lilienfeld.

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Film rights ofMornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa have been acquired by FilmWorks Dubai, with Tim Smythe and Rami Yasin producing.


A Chave the Casa, the Brazilian title of The Key of Smyrna by Tatiana Salem Levy, is under development by Toniko Melo at Circular O Desejo Filmes.

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The Violin of Auschwitz by Catalan author Maria-Àngels Anglada is under development at Eclipse Filmverleih with Sharon won Wietersheim and Frank Meiling producing.

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Traces of Sandalwood, the novel by Asha Miró and Anna Soler-Pont, is being packaged by Pontas; the main cast is attached and Maria Ripoll will be directing.

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La Estrella, by Belen Carmona, is under post-production and the première is expected before May 2012 in Spanish language; the main cast includes Carmen Machi, Ingrid Rubio, Marc Clotet and Fele Martínez and the film was directed by Alberto Aranda.

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La memoria del agua (The Memory of Water), a two-episode miniseries adapting the novel by Teresa Viejo is ready to be broadcasted by Televisión Española (TVE) in prime time the following weeks. Production has been done by BRB International with the collaboration of Pontas.