According to Variety, DreamWorks and Parkes/MacDonald Prods. have acquired the rights to Oscar-nominated documentary The Life of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club.
The producers will use the film and tap the research of director Dan Krauss for a feature about the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. Carter dodged bullets to capture images of famine and violence in the waning days of apartheid.
South African-born Carter grew up loathing apartheid, and through photography found an outlet to show its impact to the world. He became famous when his photo of a starving Sudanese child stalked by a vulture won the Pulitzer Prize. When he described waiting for 20 minutes for the starving child and vulture to fit perfectly in his frame, critics called him a vulture for not interceding. Carter committed suicide at 33.
"Beyond dramatizing a courageous life at a historic turning point, we hope to explore why Kevin ended things the way that he did; in some ways, that photo both made him and destroyed him," Parkes said. "Even though his work brought international attention to the struggles in South Africa and the Sudan, the end of Kevin's life was dominated by the controversy surrounding one picture, and his decision to document rather than intercede. His story is particularly relevant now, as we've become a world hooked on visual information. As the violent reactions to the publishing of the cartoons in Denmark last week suggest, the power of the image has never been more evident."