Screen Door grabs 'Rush' rights


TORONTO -- Canadian producer Screen Door has acquired the film rights to the Lori Lansens novel "Rush Home Road," and plans to develop the project as a Canadian TV miniseries.

Whoopi Goldberg's production company first picked up the film rights to the Canadian novel soon after its publication in 2003.

Those rights became available to Toronto-based Screen Door when Goldberg's shingle decided not to renew its option a second time.

Screen Door on Tuesday said it is talking to an unnamed Canadian broadcaster about developing a miniseries around the novel's two main characters, an elderly black woman and a young mixed-race girl abandoned by her white mother in a Southern Ontario trailer park.

Past miniseries produced by Screen Door and sold internationally include "Avro Arrow," "Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion" and the upcoming "Everest," a mountaineering drama starring Jason Priestley and William Shatner, to air on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.