Ernest Hemingway biopic in the works
A.E. Hotchner book will be basis of film
The Gotham Group and producer Kevin Fortuna have optioned film rights to A.E. Hotchner's best-selling biography "Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir." Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Peter McHugh of Gotham will produce along with Fortuna.
Hotchner's New York Times best-seller explores the final 14 years of the Nobel Prize-winning author's life, during which he was close friends with Hotchner, now 88.
"It is rare that we have such intimate, truthful knowledge about the life and, ultimately, demise of a true American icon," Goldsmith-Vein said.
Hotchner wrote the 1962 film "Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man," based on the author's stories. Hemingway had shot himself to death the year before.
Fortuna also is developing a documentary about Hotchner through his Dedalus Enterprises.
Gotham is in production on David O. Russell's comedy "Nailed."