Kidnapped Alta. journalist Amanda Lindhout's story eyed by Hollywood

Amanda Lindhout's memoir, A House in the Sky, may be headed for the big screen. (QMI Agency files)

Amanda Lindhout's memoir, A House in the Sky, may be headed for the big screen. (QMI Agency files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:01 PM ET

The story of an Alberta journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia in 2008 and held for 15 months may be headed for the big screen.

Annapurna Pictures has optioned the book A House in the Sky, a memoir Amanda Lindhout co-wrote with Sara Corbett.

Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan went missing Aug. 23, 2008, along with two guards and a Somali driver, just outside the capitol of Mogadishu.

During her time in captivity, Lindhout was chained, starved, tortured and raped. She and Brennan were finally released in Nov. 2009 after their families paid a ransom.

Deadline.com reports actress Rooney Mara, known for her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, would play Lindhout in the film. Mara read the book and took it to officials at Annapurna, the film company said.

Lindhout has since launched a charity, The Global Enrichment Foundation, to help women in Somali get an education.

 


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