Producer Faye Ward (“The Crown,” “Suffragette”) and her Fable Pictures production label has reportedly optioned the screen rights to the 2010 book “Chocolate Wars” from Deborah Cadbury.
The book tells the story of the invention of the chocolate bar and the Victorian-era battle between three British Quaker family dynasties (Cadbury, Rowntree and Fry), American entrepreneurs Milton Hershey and Forrest Mars, and European firms Nestle and Lindt for the market.
The plan is for an international event series that will draw on the book which charts over 150 years of Cadbury history, blending historical fact and fiction and telling the story of two very different brothers George and Richard Cadbury in a whirlwind tale of romance, betrayal and rivalry that will also explore the industrial revolution and the roots of capitalism as we know it today.
Action will be set across the globe from Birmingham to Trinidad to Pennsylvania and Switzerland. Scribe Smita Bhide and director Tom Harper are onboard the project which Ward, Harper and Hannah Farrell will executive produce.