"Silent Spring," "Barbarian" Get Adapted

By Garth Franklin Monday September 24th 2012 08:29AM

Chartoff Productions has acquired feature rights to Rachel Carson's 1962 environmental novel "Silent Spring" which documented the use of chemicals on the environment reports Variety.

Robert Chartoff will produce the film which will deal with Carson's struggle against the chemical industry she fought and breast cancer which ultimately killed her soon after the book was published. Carson's novel is widely credited with facilitating the ban on pesticide DDT.

Meanwhile Coming Soon reports that "Won't Back Down" director Daniel Barnz is working on a film adaptation of H├ęctor Tobar's 2011 novel "The Barbarian Nurseries".

The story looks at modern-day Southern California life through the eyes of mixed-race couple and in a different way than has been seen in movies.