Wally Lamb's WISHIN' AND HOPIN' to Be Adapted to Film by Synthetic Cinema International

Synthetic Cinema International today announced the Company will produce Wally Lamb's New York Times bestselling novel Wishin' and Hopin' as a feature film currently scheduled to shoot in Connecticut in the summer of 2014.

The screenplay will be written by John Doolan. The film will be directed by Colin Theys and produced by Andrew Gernhard, Shane O'Brien and Zach O'Brien. Executive Producers are Wally Lamb, Rich Lucas and Bonnie Farley-Lucas.

The film will be independently financed and distributed by Synthetic Releasing with all rights worldwide currently available.

About Wishin' and Hopin'

A vivid slice of 1960s life, Wishin' and Hopin' is a wise, witty and heartfelt tale that celebrates where we've been-and how far we've come. Set in the beloved fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, Wally Lamb takes his readers straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin' and Hopin' barrels toward one outrageous Christmas.

About Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb is the award-winning author of five New York Times bestselling novels: Wishin' and Hopin', The Hour I First Believed, Oprah's Book Club selections I Know This Much is True and She's Come Undone, and, most recently, We Are Water. Lamb also edited Couldn't Keep It to Myself and I'll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women's prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for the past 15 years.

About Synthetic Cinema International

Founded in 2004, Synthetic Cinema International (SCI) specializes in the production of independent feature films and digital media. As a full-service production company, we are dedicated to delivering quality films that are highly marketable worldwide. Headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, we are an imaginative, experienced and cutting-edge company with a mission to produce and deliver a new breed of high-concept feature films.

About Synthetic Releasing

Founded in 2010, Synthetic Releasing specializes in the distribution, sales and financing of independent feature films.

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