Colorado-based Half Crown Media has hired UK screenwriter Bart Gavigan to write an untitled biopic about the British missionary Hudson Taylor. 

Gavigan [pictured] has a proven record of bringing historical dramas to the big screen, such as 2003’s Luther starring Alfred Molina and Joseph Fiennes and the 2006 film End Of The Spear, which also concerns Christian missionaries.

Taylor was a 19th century Protestant missionary and medical student sent to China.

He was renowned for his sensitivity to the local culture, treatment of thousands of opium victims and for establishing the organisation China Inland Mission that was responsible for 18,000 conversions.

“This film has enormous potential,” said producer and Half Crown Media chairman Ken Haron. “The universal appeal of this extraordinary drama deserves the talents of Bart Gavigan and others who together will create an outstanding production and worldwide release.”

The project is out to cast and investors.