Parker sires 'Coram Boy' for Miramax

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Alan Parker is in negotiations to write and direct the film adaptation of Jamila Gavin's award-winning book "The Coram Boy," which Scott Rudin and Allison Owen are producing for Miramax Films. BBC Films, the U.K. Film Council and Ruby Films also are involved in the production.

Set in 18th century England, "Coram" revolves around two orphans — one rescued from an African slave ship, the other the abandoned son of the heir to a great estate — who get a second chance at life in a home for deserted children. The book won the Whitbread Award for British children's literature.

A stage version of the novel recently opened on Broadway to critical acclaim and is a hit in London at the National Theatre.

Parker most recently directed 2003's "The Life of David Gale." He wrote and directed the adaptation of Frank McCourt's autobiography "Angela's Ashes" and the musical "Evita" and helmed "The Commitments."

Parker is repped by UTA, ICM London and attorney Alan Wertheimer.
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