Atonement Helmer Enjoys “Indian Summer”

“Atonement” and “The Soloist” director Joe Wright will next helm “Indian Summer” for Working Title and Universal reports Variety.

Based on the book of the same name by Alex von Tunzelmann, the story follows the lead-p and aftermath of the famed ‘Freedom at Midnight’ events which saw the creation of modern day India and Pakistan, the resulting First Kashmir War, and the end of Britain’s colonial rule in India.

Lord Mountbatten, the last appointed viceroy of British India, and his glamorous wife Edwina oversaw the handover of power in the summer of 1947 to Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister.

William Nicholson (“Gladiator”) is penning the screenplay. Eric Fellner, Hilary Bevan Jones and Tim Bevan will produce. Shooting begins early next year on location in India.