Relativity, Walden Media to Produce Memoir Adaptation 'The Reading Promise'

3:08 PM PST 07/15/2014 by Austin Siegemund-Broka
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"The Reading Promise"

Relativity will nationally distribute the film, which adapts Alice Ozma's 2011 bestseller about the 3,218 nights she and her father read aloud together.

Relativity and Walden Media will team for an adaptation of the bestselling memoir The Reading Promise.

The studios will develop, finance and produce the film, with Relativity overseeing U.S distribution. Doug Atchison, who wrote Akeelah and the Bee, will adapt the script from Alice Ozma's memoir.

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The Reading Promise is Ozma's story of the pact her single father, elementary school librarian Jim Brozina, made to read aloud with her for one hundred consecutive nights — which became 3,218 nights, or eight years, until Ozma left for college. Her memoir was published by Grand Central Publishing in 2011 and made the Los Angeles Times' hardcover nonfiction best seller list.

The project came to Walden by way of development and production vp Naia Cucukov, who was a student of Brozina's in their town of Millville, New Jersey. She will oversee the project on Walden's behalf. Robbie Brenner and Josh Reinhold will oversee on Relativity's.

Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh will produce with Deborah Giarratana (Machine Gun Preacher) alongside Walden Media. Relativity president Tucker Tooley will executive produce.

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Walden COO Frank Smith says, "At its core, The Reading Promise is a heartfelt, imaginative story that celebrates family and love of reading, and as such, celebrates the core tenants of a Walden Media film. Jim Brozina's dedication to his family and the promise they made are nothing short of inspirational."

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