'Elijah' first production at new I Am Third

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ROME -- Film producers Conroy Kanter and Ecky Malick on Friday announced the creation of I Am Third Prods., with plans to make the company's first film based on the best-selling apocalyptic novel "Father Elijah" by Canadian author Michael O'Brien.

The book tells the story of a Jewish Holocaust survivor turned Carmelite monk on a secret Vatican mission to confront the Antichrist, with the future of the church hanging in the balance.

Director Terrence Malick -- Ecky Malick's husband -- will serve as a special adviser to the company, which will be based in Los Angeles.

Kanter and both Terrence and Ecky Malick will be in Italy next week for the RomaCinemaFest, where Terrence Malick will participate in a special open discussion about film as part of the festival's Extra sidebar.

"Father Elijah" will be the fourth production credit for Kanter, who also is independently developing a film to be called "Morning Star and Moon."
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