Before 9/11 disastrously crashed into us, Pan Am Flight 103 was the terrorist tragedy that most people referred to. For me, it's one of those memories that punctuates by schooling life, like the Challenger explosion. It's surprising that it has taken so long to get picked up for a movie, but perhaps it is fitting, since next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the day when the plane was brought down by plastic explosives. The film will be based on a recently-published memoir written by Ken Dornstein eerily called The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky. It recounts the story of David Dornstein, his brother, who was one of the doomed plane's 269 victims.

The novel follows Ken as he tries to deal with the death and then 8 years later is pulled back into the tragedy after he reads a number of his late brother's prolific writing. The memoir blends his travel to Lockerbie, news accounts, memories and his brother's journal entries and letters. North Country director Niki Caro will adapt and head the feature for Warner Brothers Pictures. She is currently working on the script and plans to tell the story by presenting the present along with past flashbacks. Caro says: "I'm pretty compelled by material that's real and human. It looks at the emotional consequences of terrorism, but not in a political way." She's joined by producer Richard Suckle, who also happens to be a friend of the author. Tapping into a world disaster, a family's drama and trauma, as well as terrible revelations of the past (David had been molested as a child), all done by a successful director? I smell Academy buzz.
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