Friday, April 13, 2012

(2008) Madeleine 'Missing' Eight Short Months - McCanns Talk Movie Deals

McCann's consider 'Madeleine the Movie' deal

Kate and Gerry McCann are in talks to turn the story of their missing daughter Madeleine into a movie.

Kate and Gerry McCann (Reuters)
Kate and Gerry McCann (Reuters)
Kate and Gerry McCann are in talks to turn the story of their missing daughter Madeleine into a movie.
They are negotiating with one of the world’s largest talent and entertainment agencies, IMG, over the film in a deal which could be worth millions.
The couple are also considering a book deal and selling interviews to television broadcasters with all proceeds going to the Madeleine Fund, the body set up to finance the search for the girl.
It is understood the enormous costs of funding the continued search for Madeleine is proving a strain on the fund. There are fears that the £1.2 million raised from public donations will soon run out.
A source close to the McCanns said: "We would only get involved with something done sensitively and considerately."
The team that made Touching The Void, an award-winning drama-documentary about the fight for survival of two British climbers lost on a mountain, are the most likely to be involved in the Maddy film project.
It will be discussed at a meeting of the fund's directors, including Gerry, tomorrow night at the McCanns' home in Rothley, Leicestershire.
Madeleine was six days short of her fourth birthday when she vanished from her bed in the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3.
The Madeleine Fund is spending £50,000 a month on Spanish private detective agency Metodo 3 and is also paying for a poster and television advertising campaign in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, where there have been several alleged sightings.
Estimates suggest at least £500,000 has already been spent.
Touching The Void, directed by Oscar-winner KevinMacdonald, won best British film at the 2004 Baftas. It told the story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates and their near-fatal attempt to climb a mountain in the Peruvian Andes through a mixture of interviews with them and dramatic reconstructions.
The Madeleine movie could follow a similar method.
It is thought that negotiations will only begin in earnest if and when the McCann’s status as official suspects - or arguidos - is lifted by Portuguese police.