According to Variety, Thunderbird and Sandpiper Entertainment are developing the film adaptation of Arthur Slade’s ‘The Hunchback Assignments’. You can read the full news below:
Vancouver-based Thunderbird and Australias Sandpiper Entertainment are developing a feature film based on Arthur Slades steampunk novel The Hunchback Assignments.
ScreenWest, the Western Australia governments film and television agency, is funding initial script development with Thunderbird. Sandpipers Paul Barron is working with Thunderbirds Alex Raffé on the project.
The working title of the film is Modo, taken from the principal characters name of a hunchbacked shapeshifter at the center of the first novel and its sequels.
Modo is rescued as a child in a traveling freak show and raised in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittanias efforts to rule the empire. At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself and, with another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockwork Guild behind the murders of important men.
Arthur Slade has created a unique world, an action-filled steampunk adventure with compelling young adult characters that will resonate with audiences worldwide, Raffe said.
Barrons recent credits include creating, writing for and producing Parallax, Space Channels Stormworld and Serangoon Road. Raffes credits include Ive Heard the Mermaids Singing and the series Some Assembly Required and Mr. Young.
The Thunderbird group of companies includes Vancouver-based Reunion Pictures, Great Pacific Media and Atomic Cartoons, U.K.-based theatrical distributor Soda Pictures, and the Sea to Sky Entertainment joint venture with Lionsgate for creating content for the U.S. and international market.
Sandpipers credits include Max von Sydows Father, Shame and Blackfellas along with the series Ship to Shore and Kings in Grass Castles. Thunderbirds Frank Giustra and Tim Gabmle are exec producers on Alcons upcoming Blade Runner sequel.
APA made the deal on behalf of Scott Treimel.