Roadshow has pre-bought The Zookeeper’s Wife, the true story of two Warsaw Zoo employees who sheltered hundreds of Jews during WW2. The film will be directed by Kiwi Niki Caro, whose credits include Whale Rider, North Country and The Vintner’s Luck. The screenplay is adapted from a Diane Ackerman novel about Antonina and Jan Zabinski, members of the Polish Resistance who smuggled Jews into the zoo and their home after the Nazis captured Warsaw.
Roadshow jumped on the project at the Cannes Film Market, plus Pride Prejudice and Zombies, an adaptation of Seth Grahame Smith’s mash-up of the literary classic. Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud) will direct and Lily Collins is in negotiations to play Elizabeth Bennett.
No scheduling date set yet for shooting, but will keep you informed.