Lakeshore, TF1 to co-produce 'Adam'


Lakeshore Entertainment is teaming with France's TF1 International to co-produce the film "The Scent of Adam," which delves into the world of ecoterrorism.

Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are developing and producing with TF1's Patrick Binet. Both producers will take on international distribution rights, except for France, which TF1 will handle.

The project is based on Jean-Christophe Rufin's best-selling French novel "Le parfum d'Adam," about a woman who unwittingly finds herself at the heart of the ecoterrorism movement and conspiracy after freeing lab animals at a research facility in Poland. The book will be published soon in the U.S.

Rufin's background is straight out of a spy thriller. He is the French ambassador to Senegal and has worked for France's Ministry of Defense, led his country's humanitarian efforts in Bosnia, worked at the French Red Cross and is a co-founder of Doctors Without Borders.

"This is an extraordinary and very contemporary spy thriller from an extraordinary man," Rosenberg said. "Rufin's fast-paced narrative entertainingly explores important issues at the forefront of global concern."

Added Binet, "We envision an action-packed feature shot in multiple global locations, similar to the 'Bourne' features, and are delighted to have Lakeshore as our producing partner in this project."

The producers are searching for a writer to adapt the novel for the screen.

Lakeshore's upcoming slate includes the romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth" starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler; the Jason Statham starrer "Crank: High Voltage"; and "Shell Game," a remake of "Fame" from choreographer-director Kevin Tancharoen.

As one of the France's top film distributors, TF1's upcoming slate includes "Valkyrie" starring Tom Cruise and "L'Emmerdeur" from Francis Veber.