Filmmaker Mike Leigh, coming off the success of “Mr. Turner,” is set to helm a film about the events of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in the United Kingdom.
Fifteen people were killed and hundreds injured when government troops charged a 60,000-strong crowd who were demanding political reform. It was a defining event in British political history, and among its repercussions was the founding of The Guardian newspaper.
The project will be Leigh’s biggest budget effort to date and will see him re-teaming with cinematographer Dick Pope. Filming aims to begin in 2017.