'Sky' is falling to Caro

Takes charge of Flight 103 pic

NEW YORK -- Niki Caro will adapt and direct Ken Dornstein's memoir "The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky" for producer Richard Suckle and Mosaic Media Group's Charles Roven for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Caro, who directed the critically acclaimed films "Whale Rider" and "North Country," will tell the story of Dornstein's brother David, who died with 269 others in the 1988 Pam Am Flight 103 airline terrorist bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland.

The film also will follow the story of Ken Dornstein, who learns more about his older brother and comes to terms with the tragedy after discovering hundreds of thousands of words that David, a promising writer, left behind.

Caro, who is at work on the script, will set the film in the present and past through flashbacks. "I'm pretty compelled by material that's real and human," she said. "It looks at the emotional consequences of terrorism, but not in a political way."

"Sky" also is a personal story for Suckle, who has been friends with the book's author for 25 years and brought the project to Warners. The book was published in the spring and will be issued in paperback in June. Suckle will produce the film with Roven.

Dan Lin and Elishia Holmes are overseeing for the studio.

Mosaic is a producer on the upcoming "Get Smart," starring Steve Carell.

Caro is represented by ICM and attorney Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler Inc.