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EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s production company has optioned Pigeon English, a debut novel by Brit writer Stephen Kelman that Bloomsbury is due to publish on March 23rd. The BBC has commissioned the script of this television movie, one of the first to be developed by Scott Free’s UK TV arm. Jack Thorne, one of the busiest young writers in the UK today (Scouting Book for Boys), is adapting the book. Pigeon English follows Harri, a 12-year-old Ghanaian boy, newly arrived in London who lives in a housing project with his mother and sister. When Harri and his friend Dean see police tape around a boy murdered on the estate, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own – putting his family into danger.

Adam Smith, whose credits include Skins and the BBC’s Little Dorrit, is attached to direct. The producer is Liza Marshall of Scott Free UK. The adaptation has been commissioned by Piers Wenger, executive producer of Doctor Who. Marshall said: “Pigeon English is an original, funny, warm and incredibly moving coming of age story. The moment I read it, I fell in love with it and we’re very excited to be bringing this wonderful book to the screen.”

Scott Free US is developing two more TV projects. The U.S. arm is producing Philip K. Dick’s novel The Man in the High Castle as a four-part miniseries also for the BBC written by Howard Brenton (Spooks/MI-5), and The Read More »

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Ridley And Tony Scott To Produce Le Mans Period Drama

By | Wednesday January 26, 2011 @ 8:25am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The current fascination with 1960s period dramas in the U.S. is spreading internationally. Ridley and Tony Scott have come aboard to produce The Drivers, a series based on the high-octane 24-hour motor race in Le Mans during the 1950s-1960s. The Scott’s Scott Free will co-produce with Headline Pictures and Sennet Entertainment the project, funded by FremantleMedia as part of their strategy of developing and package drama series for the international market. The series is based on the book, Shelby: The Man, The Cars, the Legend, written by Wallace A. Wyss and optioned from Iconografix, which tells the true story of wild young drivers from the US, Germany, France, Italy and Britain, friends and rivals, amateurs risking everything for a shot on the tracks. “I grew up in the North of England at a time when Stirling Moss was a hero,” Ridley Scott said. “Everyone wanted to be a racing driver. This is a hugely ambitious project and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell the story of these iconic and legendary men who risked everything to win at Le Mans. It’s an epic story … Read More »

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