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Columbus on board for Exodus 47

Chris Columbus is to produce Holocaust refugee drama Exodus 47.

The Mrs Doubtfire filmmaker is developing the movie, based on John Grauel's autobiography, through his company 1492 Pictures, reported Variety.

"I am really excited about the chance to bring Exodus 47 to the screen. I find it astounding that this particular and very real version of the Exodus story has never been turned into a movie," he said.

The film, which would be written by Mark Friedman, would focus on Baptist minister John, who was on the Exodus 47 ship on its mission to deliver Holocaust survivors to freedom in 1947.

The worn-down steamer picked up 4,500 refugees from the French port of Sete but was turned back near Palestine. The plight of the refugees, who were taken to internment camps in Cyprus, played a key role in the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

Crystal City Entertainment co-founder Stuart Avi Savitsky said: "We've always been drawn to inspirational stories about selfless individuals who give of themselves for something greater and this story certainly has those characteristics."

Chris, who directed Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets and the Home Alone films, is currently working on Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Michelle Monaghan.

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