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Annapurna Pictures has acquired the film rights to the memoir A House in the Sky with Rooney Mara to star.
Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett wrote the book, which chronicles Lindhout’s abduction in 2008 in Mogadishu, Somalia, by a rebel terrorist group. She spent 15 months in captivity, during which time she was kept in chains, nearly starved, and subjected to unthinkable abuse.
Annapurna’s Megan Ellison and Mara will produce, and Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will be the executive overseeing the day-to-day development and production of the project.
“Rooney Mara is someone whose talent and adventurous spirit I admire deeply. I’m thrilled that she’s teaming with Annapurna Pictures to bring A House in the Sky to the screen. I can’t imagine a better match,” says Lindhout.
ICM Partners represents Lindhout and Corbett, and negotiated the sale of the novel with Annapurna’s Chris Corabi and Vanessa Fung. Mara is represented by WME and Management 360.
Mara’s previous work includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Side Effects. She recently wrapped production on Carol, starring Cate Blanchett. She’s currently filming Warner Bros.’ Pan, in which she will star as Tiger Lily. She’s repped by WME and Management 360.
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