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Sunrise Entertainment Eyeing Film Adaptation of 'Fortune's Fool' Play

Ivan Turgenev's play centers on a budding statesman finds that secrets and politics are not confined to city life when he and his new aristocratic wife retreat to her old country estate for their honeymoon.

Sunrise Entertainment, a newly established film production, financing and worldwide sales and distribution banner, aims to turn Ivan Turgenev play Fortune's Fool into a feature.

The play details the story of class levels clashing as a budding statesman finds that secrets and politics are not confined to city life when he and his new aristocratic wife retreat to her old country estate for their honeymoon.

The company is pitching to shoot in summer 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia and Mike Poulton, who adapted the play for Broadway, is writing the movie script.

Sunrise Entertainment will bankroll the production and produce along with Benedick Bates, the son of Tony Award winning actor Alan Bates. Sunrise Entertainment exec vp development Richard Reid will take an exec producer credit.

Sunrise Entertainment president Sergei Bespalov said: "A period piece of this stature consistently garners the attention of the media and audiences and based on the overwhelming success of the various adaptations of the story, we believe it will thrive as a feature film."