Yesterday, Deadline reported that Black Bicycle Entertainment and producer Justine Ciarrocchi have partnered to acquire the rights to Ellen Feldman’s novel Terrible Virtue.
Published in March, Terrible Virtue focuses on the Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and the crucial role she played in American history as a voice for women’s sexual health and legalization of contraception. Erika Olde of Black Bicycle will develop and produce the adaptation alongside Ciarrocchi.
Margaret’s story as an advocate who led the battle for birth control and eventually founding Planned Parenthood is so relevant given our recent election and today’s climate as we are once again forced to deal with basic human rights,” Olde commented. “I share a mutual passion of the subject with Justine and look forward to bringing this topic and heroic individual to the forefront.
The scope of Sanger’s complexity, both as a revolutionary and human being, is extraordinary. I blew through Feldman’s novel with such urgency, struck by the nuance, transparency and daring of her portrait. Her story explores the often brutal nature of activism and, most audaciously, the plight of the female soul. I’m thrilled to have found such passionate partners in Erika and BBE.
The acquisition of Terrible Virtue begins amidst great debate on the controversial topic of contraception in this country. The passionate team behind this project hopes to bring Sanger’s voice to a larger audience.