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Daniel Radcliffe to play Sebastian Coe

30 October 2013 10:40 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Daniel Radcliffe has been confirmed to star as Sebastian Coe in Gold, a new feature which will tell the story of the Olympic gold medallist's rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

The film is based on the book The Perfect Distance by Pat Butcher, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies, and will reunite Radcliffe with Woman In Black director James Watkins.

It is not yet known who will play Ovett in the production.

Writer Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009, told the BBC earlier this year the film was "a brilliant story" with a "perfect end".

"I hadn't realised how good it was until you dig into their past," he said. "They were fantastically different athletes and different people. And they rarely met... apart from on the track - but not very often, »

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Daniel Radcliffe Goes for ‘Gold’

30 October 2013 4:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — In the run-up to the Afm, Daniel Radcliffe has been confirmed to star in “Gold,” which tells the story of Sebastian Coe’s rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

Pic will reunite Radcliffe with British director James Watkins (“Eden Lake”) following their 2012 box office hit “The Woman in Black.” Its screenplay is by Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and Will Davies (“How to Train Your Dragon”), and the film will be produced by Joanna Anderson and Vicky Licorish (“Small Island”) and Kevin Loader (“Hyde Park on Hudson,” “Le Week-end”).

BBC Films and the British Film Institute have developed the project with Al Films. BBC Films’ head Christine Langan will executive produce.

Financing is also provided by Ingenious Senior Film Fund, represented by Gavin Poolman.

Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar’s Embankment Films is selling worldwide and will be launching the film at the Afm. »

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Daniel Radcliffe to play Seb Coe

30 October 2013 3:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Radcliffe to star as Olympic champion in Gold. Simon Beaufoy’s script to be directed by James Watkins, Embankment to handle sales.

Daniel Radcliffe is to play four-time Olympic gold medallist Sebastian Coe in what will be one of the hottest projects to hit the American Film Market (Afm) next month.

Radcliffe will reunite with Woman in Black director James Watkins on Gold, which will tell the story of Coe’s rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

The buzzed-about screenplay is by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon).

Planning is underway for a shoot in the UK and Russia in April next year.

The film will be produced by Joanna Anderson and Vicky Licorish (Small Island) and Kevin Loader (Hyde Park on Hudson, Le Week-end).

BBC Films and the British Film Institute have developed the project with Al »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Sara May joins Embankment Films

10 October 2013 7:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New sales exec was most recently at French broadcaster TF1.

Sara May has joined Embankment Films to steer activities in European sales, co-productions and acquisitions.

She was most recently evp of acquisitions and co-productions at TF1, where she spent nearly 10 years and acquired distribution rights for France as well as sourcing, developing and packaging for the international sales division.  

Prior to TF1, Sara held positions at Europacorp as head of acquisitions and M6 as program supervisor for English-language TV series.

Founding partner Tim Haslam said: “Based in Paris and Los Angeles, Sara is a focal point for Embankment.  

“Sara extends our reach throughout the business primarily in the Us and Europe, further developing producer, agent and talent relationships, working closely with London-based acquisition and marketing executive Max Pirkis.  

“Sara’s appointment completes a dynamic international and multi-lingual acquisitions and sales team including Barcelona-born Maite Villarino (Hispanic territories) and Hong-Kong born Sharon Lee (Asian territories).  

“Like my partner »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Diana Gets November 2013 Release Date

26 August 2013 11:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Entertainment One has announced that it will release Diana, director Oliver Hirschbiegel's biopic of the Princess of Wales, on November 1 in a limited nationwide release, with expansion planned in subsequent weeks.

Diana stars two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews and features Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards and Juliet Stevenson. Hirschbiegel directed the film from a screenplay by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys, inspired by the book Diana: Her Last Love by Kate Snell which was, in turn, drawn from extensive interviews with close friends and confidantes. Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae produced the film via their Ecosse Films banner. Tim Haslam, Mark Woolley and Xavier Marchand executive produced.

The film aims to take audiences into the private realm of one of the world's most iconic and inescapably public women in the last two years of her meteoric life, exploring Diana's final rite of passage: a secret love »

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Diana, Starring Naomi Watts, Set for November 1 Release

26 August 2013 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Entertainment One has announced that it will release Diana , director Oliver Hirschbiegel's biopic of the Princess of Wales, on November 1 in a limited nationwide release, with expansion planned in subsequent weeks. Diana stars two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews and features Douglas Hodge, Geraldine James, Charles Edwards and Juliet Stevenson. Hirschbiegel directed the film from a screenplay by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys, inspired by the book Diana: Her Last Love by Kate Snell which was, in turn, drawn from extensive interviews with close friends and confidantes. Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae produced the film via their Ecosse Films banner. Tim Haslam, Mark Woolley and Xavier Marchand executive produced. The film aims to take audiences »

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Princess Diana Biopic Starring Naomi Watts Lands at Entertainment One

24 May 2013 3:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Entertainment One has announced that it has acquired the Us rights to Diana from Embankment Films and Ecosse Films. eOne will also distribute with major releases in the UK, Canada and Spain.

From the director of the Academy Award-nominated Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel and writer Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine), the film stars two time Academy Award-nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, J. Edgar, 21 Grams, Mulholland Dr.) and Naveen Andrews (Lost, The English Patient). Currently in post-production, the romantic story explores the last two years of beloved Princess Diana's life and her relationship with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan. The film is produced by Ecosse Films' Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae.

Here's what Dylan Wiley, Entertainment One Films VP Theatrical Marketing and Distribution, had to say in a statement.

"We are thrilled to be bringing Diana home from Cannes. Diana will give audiences worldwide a chance to not only fall in »

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Naomi Watts’ ‘Diana’ Picked Up For U.S. By Entertainment One

23 May 2013 10:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Entertainment One has acquired U.S. rights to “Diana,”  the Princess Diana movie starring Naomi Watts, from Embankment Films and Ecosse Films.

eOne said it will release “Diana,” — which focuses on the last two years of her life — late this year, indicating that it will probably launch an awards campaign. It also plans major releases in the U.K., Canada and Spain.

Footage was shown to buyers at Cannes last week.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Diana home from Cannes,” said eOne’s Dylan Wiley. “’Diana’ will give audiences worldwide a chance to not only fall in love with the Princess all over again, but also discover a part of her life up until now kept out of the public eye.”

The film is produced by Ecosse FilmsRobert Bernstein and Douglas Rae. “Diana,” directed by “Downfall” helmer Oliver Hirschbiegel, is currently in post-production.

Written by Stephen Jeffreys, the »

- Dave McNary

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Berlin 2013: Nicholas Hoult Joins Cast of 'Birdsong'

9 February 2013 3:43 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Nicholas Hoult, the star of zombie rom com Warm Bodies, has signed to star in a big-screen adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s novel Birdsong. Hoult will play the  role of 21-year-old Stephen Wraysford, a Wwi army officer, who falls in love with a beautiful older married woman. The screenplay is written by Rupert Wyatt based on Faulks’s book and will shoot later this year with a fall 2014 delivery date planned. It is being touted for worldwide pre-sales during the Efm by U.K. banner Embankment Films, headed by Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar. The project will be produced

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