DANIEL Morcombe's story will become a feature film thanks to a new deal struck by his parents, Bruce and Denise.
The story of Daniel Morcombe's abduction is the story of Australia's biggest manhunt, inspired by the persistence of Daniel's parents who kept the legal system accountable and helped trigger a complex and thrilling undercover police sting.
For over eleven years Bruce and Denise Morcombe never gave up and never gave in, as together they relentlessly and at times personally pursued Daniel's killer. They did not rest until he was in jail and Daniel was found and brought home.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe have signed a feature film deal with Australia's Heritage Films.
In announcing the film Bruce Morcombe said, "Denise and I feel we have reached a place where we can finally reveal our story in a different way.
We have found a production company and director we trust and with whom we have a great connection.
We believe in their hands the world will discover our story and the legacy of Daniel from the unique perspective of a feature film."
Australian director Peter Cousens, whose film Freedom starring Cuba Gooding Jr. is to be released in USA in June 2015, said, "It is impossible not to see this story in the context of the forces of good and evil, which makes it ideal for cinematic treatment."
Cousens revealed that Dean Cundey, the Director of Photography on Apollo 13, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future I, II and III, and Cousens' Freedom, is on board to make this film with him and they are looking forward to working together again. In 2014 Dean Cundey was awarded the American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement.
Producer and Heritage Films founder Rod Hopping said, "Our goal is to produce a feature film for theatrical release to a global audience, and with that in mind we believe a story of this magnitude will attract some of Australia's finest international actors."
"At this early stage we are pulling together investment from a variety of sources, including government industry funding as well as private equity. We welcome interest in our project as we journey forward with enthusiasm around what we know will be a major motion picture both for Australia and beyond," said Hopping.
Hopping said Heritage Films are currently in discussions with various writers from Australia and overseas and that casting will not take place until the script has been fully developed.
Filming is expected to take place in 2016.
The film deal announcement was revealed to the attendees of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation's Dance for Daniel fundraiser in Brisbane last night, attended by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and hosted by Andrew Denton.