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Tom Hardy, Steven Knight, Ridley Scott Team With BBC For Period Series ‘Taboo’

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 11:01pm PDT

tom hardyTom Hardy is reuniting with his Locke director and screenwriter Steven Knight, and his Child 44 producer Ridley Scott for eight-part period series Taboo. Knight created the drama based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy. Tom Hardy will star as an early 19th century adventurer battling the East India Company during a time in British history “when the rising power of the Empire seeped into every dark corner,” says exec producer Scott. This is the actor’s latest foray into British television after recently coming on board the second season of BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders, which Knight also created. Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker are producing Taboo for BBC One and Sonar Entertainment. Shooting will start in the UK in January 2015.

Set in 1813, Taboo follows Hardy’s James Keziah Delaney who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds and seeking to avenge his father’s death. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.

Tom Hardy calls it a “flagship British drama for this generation.” It’s a “hybrid of orthodox and unconventional storytelling, packed with darkness and spirited characters.” Knight adds that the lead character is “a deeply flawed and deeply troubled … Read More »

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Brad Pitt Circling Steven Knight-Scripted WWII Tale

By | Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 12:12pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Brad Pitt World War II MovieEXCLUSIVE: Brad Pitt is circling an untitled WWII romantic thriller which Steven Knight has scripted for Graham King‘s GK Films. While it’s not a done deal yet and not yet set with a distributor, I’m hearing it’s serious and that a big director will be set with an eye toward starting production early next year.

Pitt produced and co-starred in Best Picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave, and he just finished another WWII battlefield film, the David Ayer-directed Fury, which Sony Pictures releases November 14. Pitt also worked the WWII terrain in the Quentin Tarantino-directed Inglourious Basterds. He also starred in and is prepping a sequel to World War Z. He’s repped by CAA and Brillstein.

Knight scripted Eastern Promises, and more recently the British series Peaky Blinders, the Helen Mirren-starrer The Hundred Foot Journey for DreamWorks, and he wrote and directed Locke with Tom Hardy. He’s repped by CAA and United Agents.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Locke’

By | Monday February 17, 2014 @ 10:39am PST

Tom Hardy stars in the drama thriller that’s garnered critical acclaim on the festival circuit after screening in Venice and Toronto. The single location film is set entirely in a car as Hardy’s eponymous character Ivan Locke, a successful Welsh construction manager, impulsively drives from Birmingham to London while settling personal and professional problems on the phone. Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight directs from his own script; he will reteam with Hardy on S2 of his BBC series Peaky Blinders. A24 is releasing Locke on April 25:

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Hot Trailer: Jason Statham In ‘Hummingbird’

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 9:58pm PDT

Here’s a trailer from Yahoo UK for Hummingbird which Lionsgate is distributing in the U.S. and UK. Written and directed by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises), it features Jason Statham as a haunted former soldier who assumes the identity of an upper class Londoner. When his girlfriend is murdered, he’s forced to confront his past as he hunts down those responsible.

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Lionsgate Acquires Steven Knight-Directed ‘Hummingbird’ With Jason Statham

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 7:48am PST
Mike Fleming

Lionsgate acquired U.S. and U.K. distribution rights to IM Global’s Hummingbird, the directorial debut of Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. Jason Statham starts work Monday in the lead role. Paul Webster produces. Statham plays a former soldier haunted by a tragic past who assumes the identity of an upper class Londoner. But when his girlfriend is found dead, he can no longer hide from his past as he hunts down the perpetrators.

Lionsgate is releasing Safe, IM Global’s actioner starring Statham and directed by Boaz Yakin. The film will be released in the U.S. on April 27.

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AFM: IM Global Launches Jason Statham-Starrer ‘Hummingbird’

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 11:12am PDT
Mike Fleming

IM Global will fully fund Hummingbird, an action drama that will mark the directing debut of Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. Jason Statham will play a damaged ex-Special Forces soldier trapped in London’s criminal underworld, but he becomes an avenging angel when he is able to assume another identity. Shooting will begin in London early next year. Paul Webster and Tracey Seaward are producing. The film is budgeted at $20 million. “We had a great experience making Safe with Jason and we’re excited to team him with a director/producer team as sophisticated as Steven, Paul and Tracey,” said IM Global CEO Stuart Ford. The film has already sold in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Australia.

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‘Eastern Promises’ Writer To Make Directing Debut

After scripting such films as David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things, Steven Knight is set to make his directorial debut on his script Hummingbird. The film is set at Shine Pictures, the movie arm of Liz Murdoch’s Shine Group. Hummingbird follows a damaged ex-Special Forces soldier who finds himself trapped in the criminal underworld and assumes another man’s identity to exact revenge. 20th Century Fox will release this New Regency-financed thriller worldwide. Casting is under way on the project, which is expected to start shooting this fall. Paul Webster, who recently stepped down as Shine’s head of film, will co-produce alongside Shine, New Regency and Tracey Seaward (The Queen). Knight, Webster and Seaward worked together before on Eastern Promises. Ollie Madden from Warner Bros Entertainment UK will replace Webster as Shine’s head of film in May. Shine’s current slate includes The Gray Man, an adaptation of Mark Greaney’s thriller; Eastern Promises 2; and an adaptation of Swedish bestselling thriller 3 Seconds, with writer Matt Cook attached.

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‘Unknown’ Director Jaume Collet-Serra Draws ‘Red Circle’ Remake

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: As his new film Unknown gets its international premiere in Berlin today and rolls out in U.S. theaters, director Jaume Collet-Serra is making a deal to direct Red Circle, the remake of the 1970 Jean-Pierre Melville-directed Le Cercle Rouge. The film is being written by Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight for Working Title Films partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, who’ll produce with Arthur Sarkissian.

Collet-Serra was just at the center of a Warner Bros deal for Harker, a potential franchise he’ll direct that focuses on vampire hunter Jonathan Harker character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with Leonardo DiCaprio among its producers. The director’s stock is up because with Unknown, he delivered a thriller in the $30 million range that, like Liam Neeson’s Taken, was shot outside the U.S. and is geared to do strong business overseas in addition to its domestic gross.  The heist film Red Circle has similar potential, as it will be set in Hong Kong. Collet-Serra hasn’t fixed on his next feature assignment. When he returns from Berlin, he will go right to work directing The River, the ABC series thriller pilot hatched by Paranormal Activity‘s Oren Peli. Collet-Serra’s repped by CAA.

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