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.
EXCLUSIVE: New funding enterprise Outsource Media Group has made itself known here at the Toronto Film Festival by acquiring North American rights to the Mike Newell-directed Great Expectations. The film, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine, and Holliday Grainger, was sold before its Gala Premiere. Partners Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley produced the film. Great Expectations premieres Tuesday at Roy Thompson Hall.
Outsource Media Group will make a deal with distributors for North America, and the financier will put up P&A for theatrical releases through a fund it intends to use to build an acquisition slate of finished films and pre-buys. In other words, a new indie buyer has entered the scene.
The company is a private equity fund based in Los Angeles and New York whose financing comes from several corporate and individual investors, including the Canadian film and finance firm, 982 Media. OMG principals, who include Bradley Holmes, Harrison Kordestani and Dan Reardon, plan to. OMG seeks to acquire a mix of specialized and commercial films and put up the P&A for distributors chosen to release each film. Former Warner Bros International president Wayne Duband and former …
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 International Film Festival. A U.S. distribution deal hasn’t been announced, but Lionsgate will release in November in the UK. This trailer from Pathe is in English with German subtitles.
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
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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.
Here’s a first look at Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, the witchy central character in Great Expectations, Mike Newell’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel. Miss Havisham is an iconic character over here in Britain: an embittered spinster who sits in her mouldering mansion still wearing the wedding dress she wore when she was jilted at the altar; she has trained her adopted daughter Estella to break men’s hearts just as her heart was broken. Bonham Carter co-stars opposite Ralph Fiennes as escaped convict Magwitch. Producer Stephen Woolley tells me the Oscar nominee is playing Miss Havisham at the same age she is in Dickens novel — previous incarnations by Charlotte Rampling, Anne Bancroft and, most memorably, Martita Hunt in David Lean’s version played her much older. New York-based Unison Films is searching for a U.S. deal for the film, which Lionsgate UK will release in fall 2012. Hanway Films, which is handling all other territories, will show footage in Berlin. Newell will finish shooting the BBC Films-backed project by Christmas. Robbie Coltrane, Sally Hawkins and David Walliams (Little Britain) co-star, with Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as Pip, the young hero of the story.