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Big News for Fans of Clive Barker And His Novel The Thief Of Always!!

11 May 2013 7:32 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Great news! It was just announced today by the master storyteller and best selling novelist Clive Barker that his 1992 dark fantasy novel, The Thief Of Always, is finally in the process in getting made into a live action feature. The Thief Of Always has been up in the air on getting the film treatment since the early 2000’s and has fallen through multiple times. In the early 1990’s Paramount planned to release it as an animated musical version of the novel with Barker as one of four executive producers, but that plan failed. In 2004 a live action adaptation of the novel was negotiated between Seraphim Films and 20 Century Fox, but that also never came to light and since then nothing else has been heard of on the project until now. Clive Barker today announces that his old friend, director Oliver Parker (Dorian Gray, Othello) will be directing the live action feature adaptation of the novel. »

- Norberto Aguiar

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Oliver Parker To Take Us Back To WWII With ‘Dunkirk’

17 February 2013 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With the announcement earlier today that David Ayer is taking on WWII with Fury, we’ve got more news from the era with the announcement that Johnny English Reborn director Oliver Parker is turning his hand back towards drama with Dunkirk.  Parker isn’t exactly known for his serious nature, as he’s also been behind directorial duties with St Trinian’S and and the woefully average Dorian Gray.

Despite his early direction taking place with Oscar Wilde works, we’re pretty unsure how he’ll take on the real and serious nature of WWII and Dunkirk, especially when you consider it was on the most important moments in world history but we’ll judge further when it comes to the actual production and I’m more than sure he knows that this can’t be messed around with. Well, I bloody well hope not.

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'Johnny English Reborn' Director Getting Serious with WWII 'Dunkirk'

14 February 2013 8:05 AM, PST | | See recent news »

After bringing back the bumbling British spy to the big screen in Johnny English Reborn (the character was more popular in the UK), director Oliver Parker is getting back to period drama. With films like Dorian Gray in his past as well, Deadline reports Parker is heading to World War II with Dunkirk, a film based on the battle of the same name. As part of the Battle of France, the story takes place during the defense, evacuation and rescue of 200,000 British troops and 140,000 French troops as the Germans advanced. What makes this all the morning interesting is the civilians who used small boats to carry all the troops across the English Channel in this battle that is said to be one of the turning points in the war. More below! Deadline says the script comes from an unlikely source as Gavin Scott, the man behind family films like Small Soldiers »

- Ethan Anderton

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Oliver Parker To Direct Dunkirk Re-Telling

14 February 2013 2:30 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Dunkirk evacuation, one of the biggest course changing moments of World War II, is set to be brought to the big screen in a new movie from Working Title UK.

Deadline say Oliver Parker is attached to direct Dunkirk, a spec script from Gavin Scott that will re-tell the story of courage from those British civilians who over nine days in May 1940 used hundreds of small boats to cross the English Channel to rescue 200,000 British and 140,000 French troops from the advancing Germans. In British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s immortal We shall fight them on the beaches speech on June 4th, he hailed the rescue mission as a “miracle of deliverance”.

For Parker, this will be his most mature film for a while having previously shot the oddball adaptation of Dorian Gray and the two farcical comedies St. Trinian’s and most recently Johnny English Reborn, the latter which »

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Dunkirk Lands Director Oliver Parker

13 February 2013 9:11 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Oliver Parker has inked a deal with Working Title UK to direct the upcoming historical project titled Dunkirk.

Written by Gavin Scott, the film tells the story of the courageous British civilians who rescued countless British and French troops during World War II. The battles that took place gave allies the advantage during the war.

Oliver Parker is best known for directing St. Trinian's, Dorian Gray and most recently Johnny English Reborn. Gavin Scott previously penned the family films Small Soldiers and The Borrowers.

A production date has not been set. »

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Script News: Spy Hunter, Dunkirk, Equinox, FBI

13 February 2013 6:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Spy Hunter

Carter Blanchard ("Glimmer") has come on to pen the script for the film adaptation of the videogame series "Spy Hunter" at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Ruben Fleischer remains attached to direct the film which follows ex-fighter pilot who rids the world of spies, assassins, and other bad guys with his souped-up Interceptor car. [Source: Variety]


Gavin Scott ("Small Soldiers") has sold his spec script "Dunkirk" to Working Title UK. Oliver Parker ("Dorian Gray," "Johnny English Reborn") is attached to direct.

The story deals with the famed WWII battle in which British civilians used small boats to cross the English Channel and rescue 200,000 British troops and 140,000 French troops from the advancing Germans. [Source: Deadline]


Paramount’s low-budget genre label Insurge has picked up Adam Mason and Simon Boyes' sci-fi spec script "Equinox". Stefan Sonnenfeld is producing.

The story is being described as "'Dead Calm' in space", though the action »

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Oliver Parker to Direct WWII Film Dunkirk for Working Title UK

13 February 2013 5:31 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The pivotal World War II Battle of Dunkirk is getting the big screen treatment.  Deadline reports that Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn, The Importance of Being Earnest) is attached to direct Dunkirk, a feature film iteration of the events surrounding the titular event.  The story centers on how British civilians, men, and women used small boats to cross the English Channel and rescue hundreds of thousands of British and French troops from the advancing Germans. The 1940 event gave a major boost to the morale of the British forces and should make for a compelling and inspiring feature film.  The aftermath of Dunkirk was memorably captured on film by director Joe Wright in a sweeping and epic single take in the 2007 film Atonement.  The script was written on spec by Gavin Scott (War and Peace, Small Soldiers) and was recently acquired by Working Title UK.  No word on how soon production might begin. »

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Tide-Turning WWII Battle ‘Dunkirk’ Getting Screen Treatment From Working Title UK

13 February 2013 4:44 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Working Title UK has acquired Dunkirk, a spec script by Gavin Scott that has Oliver Parker attached to direct. The script chronicles the courage of British civilians, men and women who used small boats to cross the English Channel and rescue 200,000 British troops and 140,000 French troops from the advancing Germans. Dunkirk was one of the battles that changed the course of WWII. Scott wrote the script and brought to Parker, whose credits include Dorian Gray, and Johnny English Reborn. Scott’s script work includes Small Soldiers and The Borrowers and series that include Young Indiana Jones. He’s currently teamed with Terry Jones on an adaptation of Good Omens, the Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett comic novel. He and Jones also scripted Absolutely Anything, which Jones is directing with his Monty Python mates and Robin Williams. Scott is repped by Original Artists in the Us and Linda Seifert Management in the UK, »


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Oliver Parker Will Tackle Dunkirk

13 February 2013 11:06 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

World War II is clearly on filmmakers and studios’ minds today (just in time for Valentine’s Day! How romantic!), as in addition to David Ayer selling a Us army tank thriller, Working Title has snapped up Gavin Scott’s script about the dramatic and chaotic Dunkirk evacuation of 1940.Oliver Parker, who last made Johnny English Reborn, is attached to direct Dunkirk, which is set during the operation.With Germany on a rampage across Europe and English, French and other Allied forces were on the retreat and backed up against the coast with the Germans approaching. Threatened with disaster, the UK launched a daring rescue mission consisting of every ship they could spare, down to small river boats, crossing the English Channel to get as many troops as possible to safety.In the end, almost 200,000 British soldiers and nearly 140,000 French fighters were evacuated, and the battle proved to be a »

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Oliver Parker to Direct Dunkirk

13 February 2013 | | See recent news »

Oliver Parker has signed on to direct Dunkirk with Working Title UK, Deadline reports. The film, based on the historic World War II battle, was written by Gavin Scott. Parker's previous directing credits include St. Trinian's , Dorian Gray and, most recently, Johnny English Reborn . Although the latter film performed modestly at the domestic box office with just over $8.3 million, it was a major success internationally, grossing $160 million. Scott, meanwhile, was the screenwriter on family-friendly features like Small Soldiers and The Borrowers . He also scripted several episodes of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles." (Photo Credit: »

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