09/12/2013

Disney buys Greenhouse-supported documentary Dolphin Boy

Israeli filmmakers Yonatan Nir, Dani Menkin and Judith Menassen Ramon to co-produce the animation feature

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Disney buys Greenhouse-supported documentary Dolphin Boy

Disney Pictures has secured the film rights to Dolphin Boy, a Greenhouse documentary from Israel, written and directed by Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin, and produced by Nir, Menkin and Judith Menassen Ramon. All three will also be co-producers for the feature film.


Mandeville Films will adapt it into a feature animation film based on a script that is currently being written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List). 

The film will be produced by David Hoberman, Tod Liberman (The Boxer) and by Mark Teitelbaum who “discovered” the documentary in the US, believed it would make a wonderful film and sold it to Disney.

Dolphin Boy tells the story of Morad, a young Arab Israeli, who has dissociated himself from reality after a severe trauma. As hospitalisation in a mental institution starts to seem unavoidable, his devoted father takes him to be treated with dolphins in the Red Sea. With the help of the ocean and the dolphins, the father's unconditional love bring Morad back to life.

Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir developed Dolphin Boy during the fourth Greenhouse programme supported by the European Union in the framework of Euromed Audiovisual II.

 

Dolphin Boy - Trailer

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