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In the Works: River Road Acquires 'Fordlandia' Rights, Ben Coccio Adapting

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 23, 2012 at 4:39PM

Screenwriter Ben Coccio will pen the adaptation of Pulitzer Prize finalist Greg Grandin's "Fordlandia: The Rise And Fall Of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City." River Road Entertainment has acquired the writes and engaged the "Place Beyond the Pines" scribe to reimagine the 2009 book for the big screen. The book looks at the American men who built a utopian American indistrial town in the Brazilian Amazon, as part of Henry Ford's imperialistic machinations. The book's description states "Ford’s great delusion was not that the Amazon could be tamed but that the forces of capitalism, once released, might yet be contained."
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Fordlandia
'Fordlandia'

Screenwriter Ben Coccio will pen the adaptation of Pulitzer Prize finalist Greg Grandin's "Fordlandia: The Rise And Fall Of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City."  River Road Entertainment has acquired the writes and engaged the "Place Beyond the Pines" scribe to reimagine the 2009 book for the big screen. The book looks at the American men who built a utopian American indistrial town in the Brazilian Amazon, as part of Henry Ford's imperialistic machinations. The book's description states "Ford’s great delusion was not that the Amazon could be tamed but that the forces of capitalism, once released, might yet be contained."

River Road's Bill Pohlad will produce, with Sarah Hammer overseeing production.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.