Mike Newell Has “Great Expectations”

Mike Newell (“Donnie Brasco,” “Prince of Persia”) is in advanced negotiations to direct a new film adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic “Great Expectations” at Number 9 Films reports Screen Daily.

The story follows the orphan Pip, writing about his life and attempting to become a gentleman along the way. David Nicholls (“One Day”) adapted the script and did a good enough job it made the 2009 Brit List.

Over a dozen film and TV adaptations have been done thus far with David Lean’s classic 1946 version generally considered the definitive one thus far. Other notable takes include Alfonso Cuaron’s 1998 take with Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow, Barry Letts’ 1981 BBC serial, and Kevin Connor’s 1989 film with Anthony Hopkins and Jean Simmons.

This is looking likely to be Newell’s next project with shooting to kick off further into the year.