Playwright Anna Ziegler, who premiered her award-winning play Photograph 51 at the Noel Coward starring Nicole Kidman, is to adapt the play for the screen.
The rights for Photograph 51 have been picked up for a TV or movie remake by film producer Ben Cosgrove and bestselling author Josh Foer, who have recently founded a new independent TV and film production company called Leviathan Productions, which will focus on creating premium film and TV content based on Jewish stories.
The play ran at the Noel Coward in 2015, directed by Michael Grandage.
Photograph 51 tells the story of Rosalind Franklin, the Jewish scientist who discovered the structure of DNA, only to see credit for her discovery taken by Watson and Crick.
There’s no news on casting or timing for Photograph 51.
Ben Cosgrove told Deadline (see link below) that, “Jewish stories have incredible resonance because they explore ideas that are universally identifiable. Everyone knows what it feels like to be the underdog, the outsider, or the immigrant. Jewish stories tackle these ideas with humor and drama, and people around the world see themselves in our stories. Also, shows like Fauda, Shtisel, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Spy, Unorthodox, and Tehran have proven that premium Jewish-centric content is also good business.”
A number of shows are currently running in the West End that tell Jewish stories, including comedy Bad Jews, playing at the Arts Theatre until 25 September, and Jews. In Their Own Words at the Royal Court, written by journalist Jonathan Freedland from an idea by Tracy-Ann Oberman.