Tykwer Plans Sudanese Refugee Biopic

Film School Rejects reports that Tom Tykwer (“The International,” “Run Lola Run”) is working on a biopic of Sudanese refugee Valentino Achak Deng.

An adaptation of Dave Eggers’ 2006 novel “What is the What”, it follows Deng who was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals, crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom.

When he finally resettles in the United States, he finds a life full of promise, but also heartache and myriad new challenges.

Tykwer is also presently working on an adaptation of “Cloud Atlas” for The Wachowski Brothers.