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.
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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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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)
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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. Read More »
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 … Read More »