Latest News - July 17, 2010

Upcoming Films include:

The Great Divorce
(based on novel by C.S. Lewis)
- the story of a busload of people from the grey town (a kind of purgatory/hell) that are taken on a trip to heaven. When published in 1946 it was considered by some to be a sequel to Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. To be produced by Beloved Pictures

Trilogy penned by N.D. Wilson
100 Cupboards
The first novel in a trilogy by N.D. Wilson is being adapted by Beloved Pictures. It's been compared to Harry Potter as well as the Oz series... "Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds." synopsis from Amazon

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman and Michael Fassbender will star adaptation of John LeCarre's bestseller tale of a spy-hunt within the highest echelons of the British Secret Intelligence Service. [Update: Tom Hardy has replaced Fassbender. Ciaran Hinds and Jared Harris have also joined cast]

J. Edgar Hoover biopic
Leo DiCaprio to be directed by Clint Eastwood

Hemingway and Gellhorn
~HBO planning film focusing on marriage of Ernest Hemingway & Martha Gellhorn with Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman cast in lead roles.
~Gillian Anderson is also planning on starring in lead role in biopic of Martha Gellhorn.

Scott Rudin has bought rights for film based on Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff with mention of Angelina Jolie possibly for lead role.

Wind in the Willows (2012)

Peter Jackson's company to adopt Kenneth Grahame's classic children's tale. Filming to begin this fall in New Zealand.

The Big Valley
Susan Sarandon possibly playing the matriarch of a ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley in this remake of Barbara Stanwyck's tv series.
Added cast members include Ryan Phillipe, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern and Richard Dreyfuss.
Jessica Lange has replaced Sarandon as the matriarch, Stephen Moyer has joined cast as Jarrod Barkley

Update: Lee Majors to play patriarch Tom Barkley, Stephen Moyer will not be in film due to scheduling conflicts

Garrow's Law
has been renewed for a second series of 4 episodes to be aired later this year. Thanks to Lights, Camera, History for heads up

The Hobbit (2012)
After various delays, the latest news is that Peter Jackson will direct the 2-part film series based on Tolkien's novel which will be shot back to back in New Zealand

In the News...
> interview with Keeley Hawes in the Telegraph
Keeley has mentioned that she will be appearing in a new period drama for BBC...

Michelle Dockery

-> Article in Daily Mail "And before the first [series of Downton Abbey] has even been shown, there's talk of a second series. It follows the Crowleys as World War I approaches and shows the last gasp before the old, grand estates were broken up." Michelle Dockery discusses her role of Lady Mary Crawley...

Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor seems to be making waves. She's completed filming Bollywood's take on Austen's Emma, Aisha, and she's currently filming Mausam in Edinburgh. She's also captured the attention of both Ben Stiller and Edoardo Ponti, (son of Sophia Loren) for their upcoming projects. She's the youngest member to join L'Oreal Paris along with Aishwarya Rai, (who starred in Bride & Prejudice).

Andrew Lloyd Webber with Danielle Hope, who will play Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz
Andrew Lloyd Webber to reunite with collaborator Tim Rice after 34 years to write new songs for The Wizard of Oz Musical (to open in London next February) Read article in Daily Mail

Two proposed projects by director Neil Marshall: The Eagle's Nest and The Sword and the Fury
Eagle's Nest ~ a World War II set action-adventure film that was first described as a hybrid of Die Hard and The Remains of the Day, which would also act as a tribute to films like Where Eagles Dare and The Eagle Has Landed. "The Eagle's Nest is my absolute dream project," answered Marshall. "That's an ongoing thing. I recently just did a new draft of the script and I'm getting the budget and schedule together. So I'm trying to package everything together to really do it justice," he explained. He finished by describing the tone of the film. "It's a little bit of Where Eagles Dare, Indiana Jones, James Bond and its kind of an espionage story set during WWII but its not really a war movie as such it's a full on action-adventure."
The Sword and the Fury, a post- Camelot film which would take place thirty-years after the death of King Arthur. "Yeah, that's another ongoing project, which I need to do a re-write of the script on. It's a medieval heist movie," Marshall explained. "It's basically a sequel to the Arthur legend because there are so many characters from the Arthur story that are still alive at the end of the story. Pretty much every society, every culture in the world has some version of the Arthur legend so everybody knows it, certainly in the western world everybody knows King Arthur but nobody knows what happens next. That's the key to it, I want to know what happens next. I want to know what happens to Guinevere and all the survivors," Marshall continued. "So I wondered what that would be like if this tyrant managed to get hold of Excalibur, which at that time is like the equivalent of having a nuclear weapon. It's the sort of power that anyone who owns it is undefeatable. (The film) is about Guinevere and the Grail Knights hiring this band of thieves to steal it back. So I'm going with that one," Marshall concluded.

War Horse (2011)
Steven Spielberg "has picked relative unknown Jeremy Irvine to play lead character Albert in the novel adaptation, with his parents played by ‘Trainspotting’ star Peter Mullan and ‘Miss Potter’ actress Emily Watson, Other talent lined up for roles in the film include Davie Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Graham. The book tells the tale of Albert (Irvine) and his friendship with farm horse Joey, who is sent off to fight in France during World War I. ‘War Horse’ – a novel written by Michael Morpurgo – has been adapted by ‘Billy Elliot’ writer Michael Morpurgo for the big screen and has already been adapted for the London stage by Nick Stafford." (source)


  1. Hmmm, some intriguing projects are coming up, aren't they? The Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy sounds great, as does Hemingway and Gellhorn. I've also got to say, since The Hobbit has been delayed so much I'm glad Peter Jackson is back at the helm!

  2. In some ways, I miss the days when I only heard about the films once they were wrapped and ready for the theatres! I do hope The Hobbit gets back on track!
    I just finished watching Lost in La Mancha and saddened to see how one film failed to materialize with so many troubles encountered in filming.

  3. Soooooooooo excited about ALW and The Wizard of Oz!!! I saw a clip of Danielle's "Over the Rainbow" and she's got some promise there.

    And best of all...I just read yesterday that Michael Crawford (my favorite singer in the world) is going to play the Wizard!!!!!!!! Yikes, I am soooooooooo excited!!!

  4. Alexandra, that does sound like something to see! Wish it was a movie and not a theatre performance so we could all see it!



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