Parker will sire 'Coram Boy' pic


Alan Parker is in negotiations to write and direct the film adaptation of Jamila Gavin's award-winning book "The Coram Boy," which Scott Rudin and Allison Owen are producing for Miramax Films (HR 7/11). BBC Films, the U.K. Film Council and Ruby Films are also involved in the production.

Set in 18th century England, "Coram" is about two orphans — one rescued from an African slave ship, the other the abandoned son of the heir to a great estate — who get a second chance at life in a home for deserted children.