Emmy Award winner Bruce C. McKenna is set to script Primeridian Entertainment’s UNTITLED ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN BIOPIC, adapted from D.M. Thomas’s biography Alexander Solzhenitsyn: A Century In His Life. Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, short story writer who, after being imprisoned in a Gulag by Stalin, wrote a Nobel prize winning account about his ordeal. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and worked to raise global awareness of its Gulag forced labor camp system.
McKenna should be a great fit for the project given his experience adapting true stories for the screen. He was the creator and co-executive producer of HBO’s The Pacific, which received 24 Emmy nominations and won eight, including Best Mini-Series. The 10 part mini-series is a companion piece to HBO’s Band Of Brothers mini, for which McKenna wrote three installments.
Prior to his award-winning work in film and television, McKenna worked as a journalist and freelance writer. He has written extensively about the Soviet Union, and he was the first Western journalist to write about Pamyat, the Russian anti-Semitic movement that emerged after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Arcadiy Golubovich and Tim O’Hair are producing the biopic through their Primeridian Entertainment. Cyrus Nowrasteh and Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh previously penned a version adapted from D.M. Thomas’s book. Primerdian’s other projects include A Hologram For The King, starring Tom Hanks and based on the Dave Eggers novel of the same name, For All The Tea In China, and The Future Of Now.
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer