Ernest Hemingway biopic in the works

A.E. Hotchner book will be basis of film

The King of Papa is heading back to the big screen.

The Gotham Group and producer Kevin Fortuna have optioned film rights to A.E. Hotchner's best-selling biography "Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir." Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Peter McHugh of Gotham will produce along with Fortuna.

Hotchner's New York Times best-seller explores the final 14 years of the Nobel Prize-winning author's life, during which he was close friends with Hotchner, now 88.

"It is rare that we have such intimate, truthful knowledge about the life and, ultimately, demise of a true American icon," Goldsmith-Vein said.

Hotchner wrote the 1962 film "Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man," based on the author's stories. Hemingway had shot himself to death the year before.

Fortuna also is developing a documentary about Hotchner through his Dedalus Enterprises.

Gotham is in production on David O. Russell's comedy "Nailed."