Christine Forsyth Peters Nabs Big-Screen Rights to Richard Leakey's 'Wildlife Wars' (Exclusive)

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The "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" producer is tackling the book that chronicles the famed paleoanthropologist and conservationist's efforts to stop elephant poaching.

Producer Christine Forsyth Peters has acquired big-screen rights to Richard Leakey's memoir Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa's Natural Treasures.

Published in 2001, the book chronicles the famed paleoanthropologist and conservationist's efforts to stop elephant poaching in the Kenyan National Parks, a quest that put his life in danger. In 1993, Leakey was flying a small propeller-driven plane that crashed, crushing his lower legs, both of which were later amputated. Sabotage was suspected but never proved.

Nairobi-born Leakey hails from scientific royalty as the son of renowned archeologist Louis Leakey and paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey. He is the author of such seminal works as Origins and the People of the LakeThe Illustrated Origin of Species and The Making of Mankind.

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The How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days producer is developing a number of projects through her CFP Entertainment including Fashionistas, based on the best-selling book by Lynn Messina. The screenplay was written by Alyssa Embree and Jessica Koosed, with rewrites by Jonquil GoodeDonald Petrie (Miss Congeniality, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) is set to direct.

Other film projects on in the CFP pipeline include the romantic comedy Revenge Wedding, written by Betsy Van Stone & Noelle Stehman; Eye of the Storm, based on a self-published romance novel by C.K. Gray and adapted by Paul Johannson; and the romantic-comedy Getting a Guy, written by Peters & Tiffany Romigh. The story revolves around two lifelong enemies who try to land the same sexy advertising client in a competition set up by their fathers.

In addition, Peters is credited with setting up the video game property Area 51 at Paramount.

Garrett Grant (Rock of AgesStep Up Revolution) is producing Wildlife Wars alongside Peters. The pair are currently out to writers to adapt the book.

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