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Poverty Row Entertainment, a production company headed by Julie Pacino and Jennifer DeLia, along with producer Said Zahraoui, have acquired rights to Eileen Whitfield‘s Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood, which they intend to use as the basis for an untitled film about actress Mary Pickford.
Josh Fagin, who co-produced 2008’s Pride and Glory, is writing a screenplay based on Whitfield’s book, which was published in 1997.
“With no intention of creating a conventional biopic, we will use the language of film to hopscotch through time, in order to tell the story of a woman so ahead of her time who was living one of the most romantic love stories of all-time,” Pacino and DeLia, who will be seeking financing during the Cannes Film Festival, said in a joint statement. The producers are eyeing a 2013 start on the film.
The New York-based Poverty Row screened its debut feature Billy Bates, about an enigimatic artist, at the recent Tribeca Film Festival
The producers were repped in the acquisition by Steven Beer at Greenberg Traurig.
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