CBC Developing Biopic About Late Canadian Politician Jack Layton

Laszlo Barna - 2010
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Shelley Eriksen has been tapped to write a screenplay for a TV movie about the former New Democratic Party leader and head of the country's official opposition in Parliament.

TORONTO - As a veteran politician in Ottawa, the late Jack Layton campaigned for Canadian TV shows to be given preference over U.S. imports.

Now the former New Democratic Party leader looks set to get his own primetime biopic.

Following his untimely death in August after a bout with cancer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. is developing a TV movie based on Layton’s life with indie producer Pier 21 Films.

Layton's rapid decline in health and eventual death this summer was greeted with an outpouring of grief on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and across the country.

And his state funeral in Toronto, Layton's political stomping ground, received blanket coverage by domestic broadcasters.

Ex-Entertainment One exec Laszlo Barna is executive producing the CBC telefilm, with Shelley Eriksen on board to pen a screenplay.

The biopic is being made with the cooperation of Olivia Chow, Layton’s wife and a fellow politician in the Canadian House of Commons, and the rest of his surviving family.