Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Costner is in negotiations to board the epic feature adaptation of Ralph Helfer's novel "Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived" for Scott Steindorff's Stone Village Pictures.
Costner will direct, produce alongside Steindorff and possibly take a starring role in the project.
"Modoc" is described as a "Black Stallion"-type love story between a man and an animal with elements reminiscent of Forrest Gump. It tells the joint biography of a man, Bram, and his elephant, Modoc, both born in a small German circus town on the same day in 1896. Bram was the son of an elephant trainer, and Modoc was the daughter of the trainer's prize performer. The boy and the elephant grew up side by side, but when the Wunderzircus and its animals were sold to America, Bram stowed away on the ship to avoid parting ways with the elephant.