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'Search' is on for Heston

HOLLYWOOD — Helmer Fraser Heston has acquired rights to the late Milt Machlin’s 1972 tome “The Search for Michael Rockefeller.”

Book recounts the true story of the disappearance of 23-year-old Rockefeller, son of then-New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, in the jungles of New Guinea in 1961 and the search for him seven years later.

“It really intrigues me that a guy with everything chose to go to the one place in the world where his fame and fortune meant nothing in order to make it on his own,” Heston said.

Heston and producer Alex Butler, who most recently collaborated on a screenplay based on Bram Stoker’s “Jewel of the Seven Stars” for Castle Rock, will co-write the screenplay. Heston (“Alaska,” “Needful Things”) is set to direct the film, which will be in production by April.

Filming will take place primarily in Fiji and Australia on an independently financed budget. No cast has been announced.