Stuart Hazeldine (The Shack, Exam) has signed on to direct Irena Sendler, a film about the renowned Polish social worker who organized a team of young women to smuggle 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto in defiance of the Nazi extermination program.
The tense wartime thriller was written by Agatha Dominik, Brian Pittman & Rachel Long and Hazeldine. The film will be produced by Jeff Most (The Crow, The Specialist), Jeff Rice (Lone Survivor, A Private War), Armory Films’ Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros (The Peanut Butter Falcon, Mudbound), and BAFTA Award-winning and Academy Award-winning producer Ewa Puszczyńska (Cold War, Ida) of Extreme Emotions. Golden Globe-winning producer Gareth Wiley (Match Point, Vicky Christina Barcelona) of Phoenix Wiley will serve as executive producer.
Jeff Most along with Jeff Rice obtained Sendler’s authorized biography and life rights, including access to unpublished details about her life, as well as securing Irena’s blessing to tell her story prior to her passing in 2008.
Armory Films’ Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros said: “What Irena and her courageous group of women were able to accomplish is miraculous. It’s remarkable that so few people know about her incredible story. We couldn’t be more excited to have Stuart on board to direct this incredible script and tell the world the story of the inspirational hero Irena Sendler.”
Producer Jeff Most added: “Knowing her as I did, I’m certain that if Irena Sendler was alive today she would be thrilled that her story is in the capable hands of Stuart Hazeldine, who has crafted a compelling vision to bring one of the most daring, exciting and moving tales of WW2 to the big screen.”