Wives' tale brings top scribe on board


Kirk Ellis, who won an Emmy for penning the HBO miniseries "John Adams," has been tapped to write "Escape," to which Katherine Heigl is attached to star for Relevant Entertainment.

"Escape" tells the true story of Carolyn Jessop, who after years of being in a forced polygamous marriage escaped from the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints with her eight children. Ellis will be adapting Jessop's book.

Relevant's Michael Menchel is producing along with Heigl and her mother Nancy Heigl via their Abishag shingle.

The project is being independently financed by Catherine Williams and her Como Court Prods. Williams also is acting as a producer.

Ellis, who won another Emmy for "Adams" as co-executive producer, also garnered Emmy nominations for his work on the miniseries "Into the West" and for writing "Anne Frank: The Whole Story." He is repped by CAA and Thruline. (partialdiff)