Magazine article Screen International

MadRiver, Di Bonaventura Fly with Thriller 'The Plane' from Novelist Charles Cumming

Magazine article Screen International

MadRiver, Di Bonaventura Fly with Thriller 'The Plane' from Novelist Charles Cumming

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MadRiver Pictures have acquired the rights to Charles Cumming's novel The Plane, a high concept action-thriller about a commuter jet that crashes in the Middle East in hostile territory.

The buzzed-about pitch, described as "Captain Phillips meets Flight Plan", follows the different passengers aboard the flight, some of whom pull in different directions, as well as the coalition of countries tasked with saving the passengers.

MadRiver Pictures' Marc Butan will produce alongside Di Bonaventura Pictures' Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, with Alexandra Loewy overseeing for the company.

Edward Fee and Riverstone Pictures' Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower are executive producing.

Charles Cumming is the author of eight spy novels whose first novel in his Thomas Kell trilogy, A Foreign Country, was acquired by Colin Firth's Raindog Films.

He is currently adapting the novel for television. Cumming's work includes a screenplay called How to Catch A Russian Spy for Studiocanal, which Drake Doremus will direct Cumming's most recent novel, A Divided Spy, will be published in the US in February. …

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