Broad Green Pictures has optioned the feature rights to Christina Baker Kline’s 2013 best-selling novel “Orphan Train”.
Crafting a fictional tale from real events, the story deals with trains carrying orphans that ran regularly from cities on the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest,. Between 1854 and 1929, thousands of abandoned children on those trains were transported to fates unknown.
The narrative will follow a 91-year-old Irish immigrant who was one of those kids and who develops a friendship with a 17-year-old on the verge of aging out of the foster care system in present-day Maine. Soon, a secret that has haunted the old woman will be exposed.
“Temple Grandin” scribe Christopher Monger has come onboard to write the script while Michael London and Janice Williams are producing with Groundswell Productions.