Pascal Pictures has acquired the film rights to Lake Union Publishing’s “Beneath A Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan ($7 on Amazon). The studio also confirmed that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland is attached to play the lead in the adaptation. The novel is currently an April Kindle First selection, and was published under the Lake Union Publishing imprint of Amazon Publishing back in May. Beneath a Scarlet Sky is now a #1 Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller.
If you haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, the story is based on the true story of a forgotten hero. The publisher describes the book stating, “Beneath A Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours”.
It follows 17-year-old, real-life hero Pino Lella as he guides hunted Jews out of northern Italy over the rugged winter Alps into Switzerland. The saga continues when Pino is then recruited to become a spy for the Italian Resistance. Working undercover as a driver for a mysterious and powerful Nazi general, Pino gains access deep inside the German High Command but also witnesses the atrocities of the war firsthand. When he first heard snippets of Pino Lella’s story at a dinner party more than 11 years ago, Mark Sullivan was unable to shake the image of an Italian teenager leading refugees to safety across perilous mountain ridges, and he became determined to tell the tale of this anonymous, unsung hero. Sullivan spent weeks in Italy with Pino, listening to the 79-year-old recount in painstaking detail the most fraught and eventful years of his life. And for the next nine years, Sullivan interviewed historians and Holocaust experts and dug through war archives in Germany, Italy, the U.S., and Great Britain.
Mark Sullivan is the author of eighteen novels at this point, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Private series, which he writes with James Patterson. Mark has received numerous awards for his writing, including the WHSmith Fresh Talent Award, and his works have been named a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. He lives with his wife in Bozeman, Montana.