Mike Newell directs this UK adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic with Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as the orphan hero Pip. Helena Bonham Carter co-stars as Miss Havisham, with Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch and Holliday Grainger as Estella. Robbie Coltrane, Jason Flemyng, and Sally Hawkins also fill out the cast. Newbie distributor Main Street Films will release Great Expectations stateside in NY and LA and in Toronto on November 8:
EXCLUSIVE: Mike Newell’s Great Expectations starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane, Jeremy Irvine and Holliday Grainger, and the William Forsythe-starring Jack LaMotta biopic The Bronx Bull will both be released stateside on October 11, 2013. The announcement was made in Cannes by Main Street Films chairman Craig Chang and are the first pics to come from the company’s distribution division. The specialized marketing and distribution company is financed by 982 Media. Great Expectations, based on the Dickens book, premiered at Toronto last year and was released in the UK in November. Bronx Bull co-stars Joe Mantegna, Penelope Ann Miller, Paul Sorvino and Cloris Leachman, with Martin Guigui directing.
EXCLUSIVE: ABC has put in development Legacy, a drama from feature producer Debra Martin Chase, which is described as a sexy soap and a modern-day twist on the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations. Jeremy Anderson and Patrick Moss will write the script and will co-executive produce. Martin will executive produce.
This marks Martin’s first sale under the overall deal with ABC Studios she signed in August. Under the pact, she was to hire a dedicated TV executive, which she has now done, bringing in Charles Pugliese as VP at Martin Chase Prods. Previously, he was VP of Production and Development at Darren Star Prods, where he most recently co-produced the ABC/ABC Studios dramedy GCB. Prior to that, he was a producer at NYC-based Killer Films.
An international trailer for Mike Newell’s bigscreen adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations surfaced today. Screenplay is by David Nicholls. Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine, Robbie Coltrane and Jason Flemyng lead the cast of the BBC Films production which will screen next month at the Toronto …
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the nominees for the British Academy Television Craft Awards. BBC One’s 3-part adaptation of Great Expectations leads the pack with 7 nominations. Both the BBC’s natural history series Frozen Planet and its adaptation of Birdsong starring My Week With Marilyn‘s Eddie Redmayne and Harry Potter‘s Clémence Poésy took 5 nods. ITV1′s 2-part drama Appropriate Adult scored 4 nominations. ITV’s Downton Abbey, Channel 4’s Top Boy, BBC One’s Sherlock and BBC Two’s The Crimson Petal And The White all received 3 nominations each. The awards ceremony will be held May 13 in London. Below is a full list of the nominees:
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Tom Basden (writer) – Fresh Meat
Channel 4/Objective Productions
Kwadjo Dajan (co-producer) – Appropriate Adult
Stefan Golaszewski (writer) – Him & Her
BBC Three/Big Talk Productions
Clare Johns (producer/director) – The Truth About Adoption (Panorama)
BBC One/Films Of Record
The British Film Institute is touting its recent contribution to independent cinema with news that over the past nine months, its Film Fund has awarded more than £13.2 million in Lottery funding to a slate of 20 films. Among the films funded since April are Mike Newell’s take on Dickens’ Great Expectations with Helena Bonham Carter, Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin with Scarlett Johansson, Sophie Fiennes’ documentary The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology, Sally Potter’s Bomb with Elle Fanning, and Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. The information comes on the heels of last week’s headline-grabbing review of UK film policy that suggests the BFI’s recoupment strategy be modified with a view to returns on successful films going back to the producer for use on future projects.