Fox 2000 Wins Elephants Rights

Fox 2000 has won the film rights to “Water for Elephants,” Sara Gruen’s best-selling historical love story says The Hollywood Reporter.

The book centers on a 90-year-old man reminiscing about his life and is set during the Depression, when he found work at a B-level circus taking care of the animals.

He sees the brutality of circus life while falling for the wife of an abusive animal trainer. Over two million paperbacks have been sold.

Francis Lawrence (“Constantine,” “I Am Legend”) is attached to direct while Richard LaGravenese (“P.S. I Love You”) will pen the adaptation. Fox 2000 beat out a fierce bidding war between Warner Bros., Universal and Paramount for the project.