While the Beneath A Scarlet Sky adaptation has lots of interest, it does not seem to be happening any time soon. With hundreds of thousands of sales, and a big name attached to the announcement of a feature film it looked like this was going to be a big project. But no updates for quite some time now means this story won’t be on screen for the foreseeable future.
World War II stories are timeless though, so there’s no reason to believe this movie won’t be picked up at some point. It may be with a different studio and lead though.
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This page was updated: 7/29/23
About The Book:
Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.
Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.
In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.
Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.
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Current Production Status:
The movie is in the early stages of development, although after years of no updates it’s likely the Beneath A Scarlet Sky adaptation has ended up in a ‘development hell’ status.
Beneath A Scarlet Sky Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in May 2017. A few months later in August it was announced that Amy Pascal and her production company had purchased the film rights and that Tom Holland was attached to the lead role. There has been no news or updates since then.
Who Owns The Rights:
Pascal Pictures optioned the rights in 2017.
Who Is Attached:
When the project was first announced, Tom Holland was attached as the lead with Amy Pascal producing.
Because this project is still in the early stages of development there are no filming locations yet.
This project is in the early stages of development which means there is no current estimation for release.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This is currently the only Mark T. Sullivan novel with the screen rights optioned.
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