Broad Green Adapting Bestseller 'Orphan Train' Into Film

Orphan Train Book Cover - P 2015
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'Temple Grandin' writer Christopher Monger will pen the script.

Christina Baker Kline’s hit novel Orphan Train will be getting the movie treatment from Broad Green Pictures.

Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin) will write the script for the film, which will be based on on the 2013 bestseller. The story is inspired by the so-called orphan trains that ran regularly from cities on the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children between 1854 and 1929.

Orphan Train centers on 17-year-old Molly Ayer who is on the verge of aging out of the foster care system in present-day Maine. As required community service, she has to help 91-year-old Irish immigrant Vivian Daly, who as a child was shipped from New York City to Minnesota, to clean out her attic. Soon, the pair discover the parallels in their lives as outsiders, exposing a secret which has haunted Vivian her entire life.

Kline's book, her fifth novel, has become a #1 New York Times Besteller and still remains on the list now, along with being No. 11 on the Paperback Trade Fiction list.

Michael London and Janice Williams of Groundswell Productions (Trumbo, Milk) will produce. Asher Goldstein and Shary Shirazi will oversee the project for Broad Green Pictures.

"Orphan Train is a poignant story with historical significance; it educates and inspires as it touches upon universal themes of family, friendship, loss, identity and the meaning of home. We are huge fans of the novel and look forward to bringing the story to the big screen," said Daniel Hammond, chief creative officer at Broad Green Pictures.

Monger, repped by WME, Niroumand Management and Stone Meyer, was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries for Temple Grandin in 2010. He previously wrote and directed 1995’s The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain starring Hugh Grant, and also wrote the TV movie Liz & Dick.

Jerry Kalajian of Intellectual Property Group, Geri Thoma of Writers House and attorney Robert A. Strent handled the deal on behalf of the author while WME represented London and Monger. Christopher Tricarico and Goldstein handled for Broad Green.