Nim's Island writer-producer Paula Mazur (pictured) and Miami-based bookseller Mitchell Kaplan have launched The Mazur/Kaplan Company by optioning feature rights to Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows' drama The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society.

The story takes place in the island of Guernsey in 1946 after liberation from the Nazis and recounts one woman's resistance against occupying forces.

Kaplan spotted The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society in galley form and alerted Mazur, whose producing credits include The Vagina Monologues and Corinna, Corinna.

The partners will produce The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society, are out to screenwriters and directors and are preparing to scout international locations. The broader aim is for the privately backed Mazur/Kaplan Company to develop and produce original and adapted screenplays across a range of genres. They are currently looking at two other projects and expressed an interest in graphic novels.

The company deal was negotiated by Amy Schiffman of Intellectual Property Group on behalf of Liza Dawson & Associates with Shelley Surpin of Surpin & Mayersohn representing the producers.