Screenplay by Fraser C. Heston & Heather J. McAdams.
Screenrights to best-selling book by Milt Machlin, The Search for Michael Rockefeller
Rights to use 15 hours of existing actual 16 mm found footage taken by Milt Machlin on his expedition to New Guinea in 1969.
Existing award-winning documentary, “The Search for Michael Rockefeller”
“My name’s Michael Rockefeller. Please help me!”
- Michael Rockefeller, as reported by John Donahue to Milt Machlin, 1968
On November 11, 1961, Michael Rockefeller, son of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and anthropologist Rene Wassing set out on a voyage down the cannibal coast of New Guinea in a heavily laden trading canoe. Several miles off shore, heavy seas swamped their top-heavy craft, off the mouth of the Eilanden River. After a night clinging to the wreckage, Rockefeller set out to swim for the distant shore with the fateful words:
“I think I can make it…”
He was never seen again. Or was he?
Seven years later, Milt Machlin, editor of Argosy magazine, was determined to find out. “If by any stretch of the imagination Mike was still alive, held against his will somewhere in the jungles of New Guinea, I want to be the one to find him.”
Based on the book and documentary “The Search for Michael Rockefeller”. In the tradition of “Into the Wild” and “127 Hours”.
In pre-production. Agamemnon Films is partnered with Australian producer Robin James and Ploughed Field Productions with locations set for Queensland, Australia.
Read the Hollywood Reporter article here.