The scenario for the film has been written by famous Hollywood screenwriter Ben York Jones and as the movie gains momentum, news of it has spread in the US media. Many critics are eagerly awaiting the film debut of the New York Times bestseller book.
The Hollywood Reporter, an outlet that releases Hollywood news, has accented that the search for sales agents and partners for ‘Between Shades of Gray’ will be done during the Berlin Cinema Festival as with the expected assistance of the Lithuanian Cinema Centre. It also discusses the team of filmmakers that has fused Hollywood and European cinema making. The team was chosen by the book’s author, R. Šepetys, who wanted the film’s main creators to be Lithuanian.
The upcoming feature is being worked on by not only the aforementioned director and producer M. Markevičius (The Other Dream Team, Like Crazy), who is of Lithuanian descent, but also by Lithuanian producer, Žilvinas Naujokas (Tadas Blinda. The Beginning, Valentinas Vienas, How to Steal a Wife). This is a huge appraisal for these cinema professionals as various famous Hollywood industry veterans have declared their interest in making a film adaptation of ‘Between Shades of Gray’.
Jones, the young yet already acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter is possibly one of the brightest stars of the rapidly developing project. He has worked on the critically acclaimed romantic drama ‘Like Crazy’, which featured the star of the action film Hunger Games, actress Jennifer Lawrence. Entertainment Weekly reports that the filming of the movie adaptation of Between Shades of Gray will begin this year and the rights for making it have been given to Sorrento Productions and Tauras Films.
The novel is about 15-year-old Lina from Lithuania, who has found her way into the hearts of readers around the world. The story about her and her family’s exile in 1941 has earned much praise. The novel has been released in 40 countries and can be read in 36 different languages.
The importance of ‘Between Shades of Gray’ to the US has been highlighted by its inclusion in school curriculums in 21 US states. The book is published by Penguin – one of the largest publishers in the world