2 pics in Elephant's trunk

'World,' 'Country' in development

The new Manhattan-based producer-distributor Elephant Eye Films has optioned two projects: Dara Horn's mystery novel "The World to Come" and Etan Frankel's musical screenplay "Country Song."

Horn's 2006 book, inspired by a real-life crime, focuses on a former child prodigy who writes questions for a TV game show. Convinced that a Marc Chagall painting was stolen from his family, he steals the Chagall from a museum and persuades his twin sister to create a forgery. The novel traces the history of the painting and the family from 1920s Russia to Vietnam to the present day.

"Country" follows Carrie, an aspiring country music singer whose family responsibilities threaten to thwart her dreams. It marks the first screenplay from Frankel, whose plays, including "Truth and Reconciliation," have won him two Le comte du Nouy Awards from Lincoln Center and the Williamstown Theatre Festival's Weissberger Award.

"World" and "Country" are in development.

Elephant Eye, formed in the summer, is ramping up two docu film fest hits for theatrical release: Jennifer Venditti's "Billy the Kid" next month and Benson Lee's "Planet B-Boy" in March. Its first feature will be Craig Zobel's "Turkey in the Straw," produced with Plum Pictures.