Two Studios to Partner on an Adaptation of ‘Between Shades of Gray’

By Maryann Yin Comment

9780142420591HSorrento Productions and Tauras Films are partnering to work on an adaptation of Between Shades of Gray.

The two studios have optioned the film rights to Ruta Sepetys’ popular young adult novel. Ben York Jones, an actor and screenwriter, penned the script. Filming is scheduled to begin sometime in 2014.

Philomel, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, released the book in March 2011. We interviewed Sepetys and asked her about the research process for this historical fiction story. She talked about immersing herself with experiences such as spending time “in an old Soviet cattle car that was used for the deportations” and taking “part in a simulation experience in a former Soviet prison.” What do you think?

Here’s more from the press release: “Published to critical acclaim in over 40 countries and 26 languages, Between Shades of Gray tells the story of fifteen-year-old Lina Vilkas who is deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s cleansing of the Baltic region during WWII. Lina, an aspiring artist, secretly documents her harrowing journey with her artwork, hoping that her drawings may reconnect her with her father from which the family has been forcefully separated.”