Our Graham books himself a film deal
Real-life tale picked up by Hollywood producers
OUR very own online editor, Graham Spence, has secured a film deal for his bestselling book, The Elephant Whisperer.
Getbucks web editor Graham’s second book, which he wrote with his conservationist brotherin-law Lawrence Anthony, has sold over 200,000 copies.
It is understood that one of the top choices of actors for the film’s American producers is Hollywood star Jeff Bridges.
The story recalls how Lawrence, who died of a heart attack in 2012, was asked to accept a rogue herd of elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, South Africa.
“I am looking forward to it coming out. I am really happy that it has all come together.
“Lawrence very proud.
“He was a guy from the bush, he became a much celebrated conservationist, he was amazed that people thought he was extraordinary.”
The book focuses on the remarkable bond that Lawrence created with the animals to save them from death and how he managed to gain the elephants’ trust.
Graham took eight months to write it, waking at 4am and using his weekends to write.
Every time he would finish a chapter, he sent it to Lawrence for his feedback.
Graham said: “I was not that surprised that people wanted to turn it
AUTHOR: Graham Spence into a film as the book had done so well.
“The book has touched a lot of people, it is an adventure story about how they run reserve in Africa.
“It appeals to animal lovers.”
Graham’s first book, Babylon’s Ark, may also be made into a film by the producers of the Hunger Games.
The book is about Lawrence’s visit to Iraq to save the animals of Baghdad Zoo, during the 2003 invasion.
Lawrence received a UN’s Earth Day award for his efforts.
Graham said: “We decided that we would write Babylon’s Ark over a beer and it took us five years to get a publishing deal.”
Besides working fulltime as a digital journalist, Graham is now working on a book about people who rescued animals from Hurricane Katrina.