Smuggler Films Adapting “Becket” Play

Smuggler Films has scored the film rights to Jean Anouilh’s Tony-winning 1960 play “Becket” and have hired playwright Ranjit Bolt to pen a new adaptation says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story centers on Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket who ultimately sided with the church over the crown, bringing him into conflict with his friend King Henry II who gave him the position.

A previous film adaptation starring Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole in 1964 scored twelve Oscar nominations.

John N. Hart, Brian Carmody and Patrick Milling Smith will produce.