November 7, 2005

Suicide bomber story gets Hollywood interest

By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Production company The
Wolper Organization, which made its name with such miniseries
as "Roots" and "The Thorn Birds," has acquired feature film
rights to "Love and Terror," an article about suicide bombers.

Author David France's true story, published in O: The Oprah
Magazine in June, chronicled a teenage Palestinian girl's
arrest and conviction on charges of plotting a suicide bombing
following her disastrous affair with a charismatic rebel leader
who was locked in war with the Israeli military.

Suicide bombings are in the news on an almost daily basis,
and there have been a few recent attempts to try to
cinematically convey the issue. Warner International Pictures'
"Paradise Now" is one movie garnering raves for walking the
line of a topic that can be both political and religious.

"Much like 'Maria Full of Grace,' here is a crime trend not
being pursued by criminals," said France, who will also serve
as a producer. "Suicide bombing is the crime of our time. We
don't really understand it. We ascribe religious and political
meaning to it, but what really happens?"

He added: "In this case, it was motivated by a tragic love
affair. It's a true life Romeo and Juliet. Here is a young girl
who lived in a dire circumstance and fell in love with the
baddest boy in town, who was a member of the armed resistance.
She fell for him for all the traditional reasons (a girl falls
for a boy)."

A search for writers is under way.

France is no stranger to hot-button issues. His book "Our
Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in the Age of
Scandal" was turned into the Emmy-nominated Showtime movie "Our
Fathers," starring Ted Danson and Christopher Plummer.

The Wolper Organization is selective when venturing into
the feature world. The company's last feature was 1997's
Oscar-winning "L.A. Confidential."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter