The story is set amid the aftermath of the Pan Am Flight 103, which was traveling from Frankfurt to Detroit on Dec. 21, 1988 when it was destroyed by a bomb that killed all 243 passengers and 16 crew. Large sections of the aircraft crashed onto residential areas of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 11 more people on the ground.
The Lockerbie bombing, as it was called, claimed the lives of 189 American citizens, making it the deadliest act of terrorism against the U.S. prior to the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11.
Following a three-year joint investigation by Scottish police and the FBI, arrest warrants were issued for two Libyan nationals in November 1991, though they weren’t handed over for trial until 1999. In 2003, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi accepted responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing and paid compensation to the families of the victims, although he maintained that he had never given the order for the attack.
The screenwriter is the son of attorney Allan Gerson, who led the initiation of the first civil lawsuit against a foreign government (Libya) for complicity in terrorism for the 1988 bombing, which resulted in an historic $2.7 billion settlement.
Above Kings is into major studios and top independent financiers, and the script is said to feature a juicy female part. There’s no director attached yet, but we’ll keep you updated as this project continues to heat up.
Gerson won a Student Academy Award in 2016 for writing and directing the short film All These Voices, and he also produced the indie movie Automatic at Sea starring Breeda Wool. He’s represented by Reed Baumgarten and Gary Ungar at Exile Entertainment as well as attorney Marc Von Arx at Nelson Davis.
De Line recently produced Zach Braff’s Going in Style remake and he’s currently prepping Steven Spielberg’s envelope-pushing adaptation of Ready Player One for release next March. De Line is also developing the Benedict Cumberbatch film The Man in the Rockfeller Suit as well as TriStar’s adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth.
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