FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2017
(Naples, FL) SON announced today that Daybreak Productions’ Charles Gordon (“DIE HARD,” “FIELD OF DREAMS,” “OCTOBER SKY”) and Fred Fontana (“SOLDIER,” “VEGAS VACATION,” “FLORIDA ROAD”) will be producing partners with SON President Rebeca Seitz for the adaptation of Jane Hampton Cook’s bestselling non-fiction book THE BURNING OF THE WHITE HOUSE: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812 (Regnery History, 2016).
The project brings to life a forgotten period in American history when the British invaded and set the White House on fire in 1814 – an outrage that went unequaled on U.S. soil until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 127 years later. At a time when a reign of terror hit the East Coast, the sitting president was seen as weak and ineffectual while the First Lady’s pacifist Quaker faith warred with her passionate determination to defend the independence of a politically-divided country. The result is an intriguing epic story unfolded through the eyes of an American-style Jane Austen, who discovers the timeless American spirit of helping others pursue life, liberty and happiness.
“I am truly honored to partner with such talented producers,” said Rebeca Seitz, President & CEO, SON. “This story stirs the patriotism inherent in all of us whose families have sacrificed for and benefited from the powerhouse that is America.”
“This is an arena we’ve looked at for some time and are very enthused to bring this book to life,” said producer Charles Gordon. “It’s a great period of American history and Dolley Madison’s involvement in this war is extraordinary,” added Fontana.
Jane Hampton Cook is represented by Jonathan Clements of Wheelhouse Literary Group and is a member of DC Women in Film and Video and the National Press Club. The author of nine books, she is a contributor for TheHill.com and frequent guest on the Fox News Channel and CNN.
SON (Spirit Of Naples and Southwest Florida, Inc.) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c3 organization creating relevant, mainstream media that has a positive impact on society. Founded in 2006, SON has educated over 2500 writers, helped bring over a dozen films and books to the marketplace, and is currently pursuing the build of a large multimedia production studio in Southwest Florida. Learn more at http://sonstudios.org.