Newly-formed production shingle Eden Road Pictures principals – Luke Jaden Sawicki, Cort Johns, and Phil Wurtzel – have optioned rights to Emmy Award-winning TV reporter and author Lee Thomas’ memoir, "Turning White: A Memoir of Change," to adapt into a film that the Thomas is on board to executive produce, with Eden Road producing.
In the thought-provoking "Turning White," Lee Thomas shares the physical and mental battle he is waging with vitiligo, a skin disorder that is literally turning him white. At age 25, Thomas had a dream job in a dream city as a feature/entertainment reporter for the ABC networks flagship TV station in New York. Then he discovered a few white spots on his scalp, the small beginnings of a disease that has spread to half of his face, which he covers up with makeup when on camera.
“I’m thrilled to tell Lee’s story… It’s shockingly beautiful. His words are so real and honest as we see the struggle he’s come to face over the years as he’s battled vitiligo a skin disorder, while being in the spotlight. I could not be more honored that Lee chose Eden Road to tell his story," says Sawicki.
In "Turning White," Thomas shares his personal journey to help people understand vitiligo, and to help others cope with the psychological war that comes from this life-changing disease.
The author/anchor is an Emmy award winning entertainment reporter for WJBK Fox 2 News in Southfield, Michigan. He has won 4 Emmy Awards as an anchor and producer and an Associated Press Award winner.
The CAA-repped Eden Road Pictures team is currently in post-production on their upcoming crime drama “Wolf Who Cried Boy,” starring Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) and "Beasts of the Southern Wild’s" Dwight Henry. They have also been tapped to write and direct the adaptation of the novel "Hacker" by New York Times best-selling author Ted Dekker, as well as Wm. Paul Young’s life story currently titled, "Cosmos at the Crossroads."
Eden Road has also been working on a memoir called "Seeing Stars," which centers around a teenage boy battling anorexia while dealing with spiritual warfare that’s causing him to lose his faith. They’re also in pre-production on the multi-award winning best-selling autobiography called "Tears For My City."