Broad Green Pictures announced Wednesday that it is working on an adaptation of Christina Baker Kline’s bestselling novel Orphan Train. Michael London is set to produce, and Christopher Monger (Temple Grandin) will adapt the screenplay.
Orphan Train is a historical novel based on the “orphan trains” of the early 20th century that would take abandoned children from East Coast cities to Midwestern farms. It follows the modern-day encounter between Vivian Daly, a 91-year old immigrant who once rode an orphan train from New York to Minnesota, and 17-year old Molly Ayer, who is about to age out of the foster care system in Maine.
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Broad Green on Christina Baker Kline’s beloved book,” London said in a statement. “It is a rare gift to get to tell both an untold chapter in American history and a contemporary drama about a teenage girl and an elderly woman creating family together. I’ve seldom been so moved by a novel and I’m enormously excited about the challenge of living up to Christina’s book and its rightfully huge audience.”