'Victoria' Director Sebastian Schipper to Adapt 'Denial' as First U.S. Project (Exclusive)

Sebastian Schipper
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The non-fiction bestseller, from terror expert Jessica Stern, is a memoir of her investigation into an unsolved crime against her and her sister.

Following the runaway success of his one-shot Berlin-set thriller Victoria, German director Sebastian Schipper is heading to America.

As his next project, Schipper is adapting Jessica Stern's bestselling memoir Denial: A Memoir of Terror. The project will be Schipper's English-language debut.

Stern, one of the leading experts in terrorism and post-traumatic stress disorder, published Denial in 2010. It is a deeply personal memoir of her and her sisters's rape, when they were teenagers, by an unknown assailant and of Stern's attempt, decades later, to investigate the unsolved crime and address her own trauma surrounding it.

"It is a very dark, very powerful book with a story that offers an amazing role for a 40-50-something actress," Schipper told THR.

Undeniable is the project's working title.

The film is in its early development stages. Schipper said he has written the first draft of the script, but is looking to collaborate with a U.S. screenwriter. No on-screen talent is yet attached.

Victoria, which has earned more than $3 million at the German box office, will bow Oct. 9 in the U.S. via Adopt Films. Schipper is repped by CAA