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Red Rock Entertainment and Ck Films producing theatrical adaptations.
Actor and playwright Steven Berkoff, known for film roles ranging from A Clockwork Orange to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, has begun shooting adaptations of two of his most successful theatre productions - Shakespeare’s Villains and Tell Tale Heart.
UK independent film financier Red Rock Entertainment announced the start of shoot principal photography on the double bill, which are produced and directed by Stephen Cookson (Stanley, A Man Of Variety) and his London-based company Ck Films.
The two features will shoot back to back over a six-week period with filming taking place from today in London.
Peter Keegan (Stanley, A Man Of Variety) is co-producing the films with Ismael Issa as director of photography (We Still Kill The Old Way) and Terry Bamber (World War Z; The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) as first Ad.
Berkoff’s one-man show Shakespeare’s Villains had its first run at London »
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Sean Cronin, who will soon be stepping foot in J.K. Rowling’s world of witchcraft and wizardry for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them later this year, is attached to helm a boxing biopic based on the life and career of British middleweight fighter, Michael Watson.
Variety has the scoop, revealing that the feature now holds the title Michael, and will chart Watson’s gruelling recovery after he was knocked into a coma by Chris Eubank back in ’91. A landmark moment for the sport that witnessed the inimitable Muhammad Ali visit Watson’s bedside, Cronin’s big-screen rendition will also chronicle how the knockout affected the British Board of Boxing Control and, in particular, how the governing body altered the rules when it came to ringside medical care.
Spanning an intense court battle with the Board of Boxing Control to defying the odds to run the London marathon, Cronin »
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Watson was knocked out and put into a coma by Chris Eubank in a world title fight in 1991. The film tracks Watson’s fight back from the brink of death and Eubank’s turmoil in coming to terms with what happened. In a pivotal scene, Muhammad Ali comes to Watson’s bedside as he recovers.
The film highlights the changes that came about with regard to ringside medical care as a result of Watson’s injuries, his court battle with the British Board of Boxing Control, and culminates in his triumph over adversity as he runs the London Marathon.
- Leo Barraclough
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