David Heyman is joining the chorus of making old things new again, with a proposed television adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1985 drama Out of Africa.
Heyman, best known for his work as a producer in both the Harry Potter and its related Fantastic Beasts film franchise worlds, is working with NBCUniversal International Studios to bring the story of a European plantation owner living in Kenya falling in love with a big game hunter.
Heyday Television, Heyman’s production shingle, as acquired the rights to the 1937 book that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, was a memoir of Karen Blixen. He’s already brought in Susanne Bier, the Emmy-winning director of The Night Manager on AMC to direct.
“‘I had a farm in Africa’ is Blixen’s most famous line: she was a survivor, unpredictable and non-conformist, and a determined explorer. We are beyond delighted that Susanne Bier has such a passionate attachment to Karen’s story: with such critically acclaimed work in both film and television, she is the ideal director to transport us to Africa through the eyes of Denmark’s most celebrated writer.
“And of course, the long-form series offers us the chance to explore not only Karen’s world, but also the perspective of the Kenyans she encounters.”