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The Grand Escape: Lenny Abrahamson to direct Neal Bascomb adaptation

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Room director Lenny Abrahamson is on board to helm an adaptation of Neal Bascomb’s upcoming book The Grand Escape, EW has confirmed.

The novel tells the true story of three World War I pilots behind held in Germany’s most infamous POW prison. The story chronicles WWI’s greatest mass prison escape and the pilots’ subsequent flight to freedom.

Film4 and Element Pictures teamed up to acquire the rights to the novel in what was described as a “competitive situation” by The Hollywood Reporter, which was first to report the news.

Bascomb is still writing The Grand Escape, which will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His next book, The Winter Fortress, comes out in May.

Abrahamson earned an Oscar nomination earlier this year for directing Room, which centered on a young woman and her son held captive for years in a small garden shed. The film starred Brie Larson, who won a Best Actress Oscar for her role, and Jacob Tremblay.

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