Stone Village Pictures is developing one of the most popular Russian properties in history, acquiring film and publishing rights to Alexander Belyaev’s novel “The Amphibian.”

The Hollywood Reporter says Stone Village head Scott Steindorff will produce the romantic adventure drama with Jenia Kokotuha, who brought the project to the company.

“Amphibian” follows an American surgeon living in the Amazon who gives his son shark gills to survive a fatal respiratory disease. The young man’s underwater life is complicated when he saves a local fisherman’s daughter from a shark attack and romantic feelings surface between them.

Steindorff is hiring a screenwriter to adapt the book and plans to publish a new English translation. Comic book and graphic novel adaptations also are planned through the Stone Village imprint, handled by Intellectual Property Group’s Joel Gotler

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