Los Angeles Times
Steven Spielberg is doing another World War II film, this time with a female point of view. Spielberg’s Amblin Partners has pre-emptively optioned Daughters of the Resistance: Valor, Fury, and the Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, a book proposed by Judy Batalion, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Batalion’s DAUGHTERS OF THE RESISTANCE is a narrative history unveiling the previously untold story of young Jewish women and girls who fought the resistance against the Nazis, based on the author’s original discovery of these women’s first-hand accounts.
The film will be produced under the DreamWorks Pictures label with Batalion also set to co-produce. The proposal was sold in a publishing preempt to Rachel Kahan, the William Morrow editor of Hidden Figures. The book is set to be published in 2020.
Batalion previously wrote White Walls: Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between, a memoir about growing up with a hoarder and how that affected her when she had her own daughter. She is represented by CAA.
This project continues Spielberg’s ongoing interest in telling stories about World War II. He directed two Oscar-winning films on the subject, Saving Private Ryan, and Schindler’s List. He also executive produced the award-winning mini-series Band of Brothers and The Pacific for HBO. He is represented by CAA.
This was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern