Pathe and the BBC have unveiled the first five projects that they are developing together under their UKFC slate deal reports Variety. Amongst them are:
“Thatcher” – Focuses on the British Prime Minister in the 17 days immediately prior to the Falklands War. Brian Fillis is writing and Damian Jones producing.
“Upstairs Downstairs” – Fay Weldon will write the script of the new movie version of the classic 70’s TV series. Set in London at the beginning of the 20th century, it’s the story of the aristocratic Bellamy family and their servants, as the whole household deals with the loss of the family fortune in the South African Boer War.
“Emma and Nelson” – The story of Emma Hamilton, the mistress of the 19th century admiral Lord Nelson, whose victory over the French fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar was one of the key turning points in British history. Mrs Hamilton played a vital political role ahead of the battle, but after Nelson was killed the British establishment turned on her. Julian Fellowes is writing the script for Harbour Pictures.
“The Thirteenth Tale” – “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman is developing this adaptation of Diane Setterfield’s modern gothic novel about a best-selling author who decides to tell the real story of her life to a young writer before she dies.
“The Choir” – Paul Andrew Williams (“London to Brighton”) is writing an original screenplay about a recently widowed old man who gets more than he bargained for when he joins an unconventional choir.