Last year’s Best Picture winner is teaming with this year’s Best Picture frontrunner. Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to the unpublished non-fiction book THE FOX HUNT, with La La Land‘s Marc Platt producing and Spotlight writer Josh Singer set to adapt the story.
Written by Mohammed Al Samawi, the book follows a young Muslim in Yemen who discovered the Bible and then became a peace activist. As civil war overtook the country, four American activists came together via Facebook and other social media platforms to coordinate a rescue mission for a person they hardly knew.
The book, which is set to be published next year by William Morrow, who acquired the manuscript in an intense bidding war, is timely on multiple levels. From its real-life Muslim protagonist to the concept of social media activism done by Millennials, the project is sure to attract interest across the board.
Adam Siegel and Benji Pasek are also set to produce the adaptation.
Beyond La La Land, Platt has an extensive resume as a producer, most recently with Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and The Girl on the Train. Coming up, he’s producing the Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. He’s repped by WME.
Last year, Singer shared the Best Original Screenplay with Tom McCarthy for Spotlight. Currently, he’s writing The 36 for Fox, First Man for Universal, and an untitled Leonard Bernstein biopic for Paramount. He’s repped by WME and Anonymous Content.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was originally reported by Deadline.