Macdonald Wins The State of Play

Kevin Macdonald, who directed Oscar winner “The Last King of Scotland” and acclaimed moutain climbing drama “Touching the Void”, has signed on to helm “State of Play” for Universal Pictures.

“State of Play” is an adaptation of the highly acclaimed, 2003 award-winning BBC miniseries that tackles the intersection of politics and journalism. It revolves around an elected government official and his former campaign manager-turned-journalist for a high-profile national paper.

When two seemingly unrelated slayings are linked by a single phone call, the two friends find themselves on opposite sides of an investigation. Matthew Michael Carnahan wrote the adaptation, which moves the action to Washington.

No word if original series stars Bill Nighy, James McAvoy, John Simm, David Morrissey, Polly Walker, Philip Glenister, Benedict Wong or Kelly Macdonald will appear in cameos.

Paul Abbott, who created the 2003 series, is executive producing. A late 2007 start of shooting date is being planned.