Broad Green Pictures will adapt Christina Baker Kline’s novel “Orphan Train” into a movie. Michael London and Janice Williams of Groundswell Productions will produce with screenwriter Christopher Monger (“Temple Grandin,” “The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain”). Published in 2013, “Orphan Train” has sold more than 2 million copies in 35 countries and has spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, including five weeks at #1.
Between 1854 and 1929, “orphan trains” ran regularly from cities on the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children to an unknown fate. “Orphan Train” weaves together the stories of Vivian Daly, a 91-year-old Irish immigrant who as a child was shipped from New York City to Minnesota and Molly Ayer, a 17-year-old who is on the verge of aging out of the foster care system in present-day Maine. A friendship develops between the two women when Molly is assigned to help Vivian clean out her attic as required community service, and soon discovers the parallels in their lives as outsiders, exposing Vivian’s long-held secret.
“’Orphan Train’ is a poignant story with historical significance,” stated Daniel Hammond, Chief Creative Officer at year-old Broad Green Pictures. “It educates and inspires as it touches upon universal themes of family, friendship, loss, identity, and the meaning of home.”
Asher Goldstein and Shary Shirazi will oversee the project for Broad Green Pictures.
The company’s current specialty releases include “99 Homes,” “A Walk in the Woods,” “Learning to Drive” and “Samba.” Upcoming slate includes “The Infiltrator,” “Brain on Fire,” “I Smile Back” and “The Dark Horse,” as well as Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” “Voyage of Time” and his untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.