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16 items from 2015


Toby Haynes To Direct New "Oliver" Musical

24 July 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Frequent British TV director Toby Haynes ("Sherlock," "Doctor Who," "Being Human") is reportedly in talks to direct a new film adaptation of Lionel Bart's classic musical "Oliver!" for Working Title and Sony Pictures.

The project, which will be greenlit in a matter of weeks once rights deals are completed, aims to start shooting on location in and around London early next year for a late 2016 release. The tone is said to be grittier than the original.

Cameron Mackintosh will produce. Haynes, coming off the success of the acclaimed "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" mini-series adaptation which he both directed and executive produced, and his casting director Lucinda Syson have started to scout for the young British actors who'll play the title character.

Famed choreographer-director Matthew Bourne previously indicated he was linked to the project but that's not certain anymore.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Oliver! set for remake, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell director attached

24 July 2015 5:04 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Daily Mail is reporting that producer Cameron Mackintosh, along with Working Title and Sony Pictures, are set to produce a new version of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver!

Toby Haynes, who directed British television drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is set to helm the new film, which will start shooting next year in and around London locations. In addition, Haynes and casting director Lucinda Syson have reportedly already started the search to find the young British actors who will play the title character Oliver and The Artful Dodger.

The previous film version, which was released in 1968 and won five Academy Awards, was directed by Carol Reed, and starred Mark Lester, Jack Wild, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed and Ron Moody.

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- Scott J. Davis

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‘Jonathan Strange’ Director Toby Haynes Tapped For Lee Hall-Scripted ‘Oliver!’ Movie Musical

24 July 2015 3:41 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

While Sony Pictures and Working Title have been denying this for weeks, it looks like they have found a director for their grand reinvention of Oliver!, the musical with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart based on the Charles Dickens novel. It’s Toby Haynes, who just made a splash with the seven-part BBC One adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mister Norrell, based on the Susanna Clarke novel. The studio and producer denied to me he had the offer or is negotiating, but it broke… »

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Please, sir, can I have it again? Oliver! musical to get remake

24 July 2015 3:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Lionel Bart’s celebrated Dickens adaptation to go before cameras again, with Jonathan Strange director Toby Haynes making his feature film debut

A new film version of the popular family musical Oliver! is set to go into production, with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell director Toby Haynes in charge of the cameras, it has been reported.

According to the Daily Mail’s showbiz reporter Baz Bamigboye, theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh has teamed up with powerhouse UK film outfit Working Title to get a long-mulled over film production off the ground. (The same team partnered for the blockbusting 2012 adaptation of stage musical Les Miserables.) The original suggestion was that Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry may have taken the director’s chair, but that is apparently not the case. Aside from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Haynes has also directed episodes of Sherlock, Doctor Who and Being Human. This would be his feature film debut. »

- Andrew Pulver

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Please, sir, can I have it again? Oliver! musical to get remake

24 July 2015 3:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Lionel Bart’s celebrated Dickens adaptation to go before cameras again, with Jonathan Strange director Toby Haynes making his feature film debut

A new film version of the popular family musical Oliver! is set to go into production, with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell director Toby Haynes in charge of the cameras, it has been reported.

According to the Daily Mail’s showbiz reporter Baz Bamigboye, theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh has teamed up with powerhouse UK film outfit Working Title to get a long-mulled over film production off the ground. (The same team partnered for the blockbusting 2012 adaptation of stage musical Les Miserables.) The original suggestion was that Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry may have taken the director’s chair, but that is apparently not the case. Aside from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Haynes has also directed episodes of Sherlock, Doctor Who and Being Human. This would be his feature film debut. »

- Andrew Pulver

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Oscar-Winning Musical ‘Oliver!’ Getting New Movie Version

24 July 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Toby Haynes, who directed and exec produced TV drama “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell,” is set to direct a new movie version of Lionel Bart’s musical “Oliver!,” which Cameron Mackintosh, Working Title and Sony Pictures are producing, according to the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye.

“Oliver!” is set to be greenlit in a matter of weeks, once rights deals are completed, and the film will start shooting early next year, with a release penciled in for the end of next year. The film, which will be grittier than the original, will shoot on location in and around London.

Haynes and casting director Lucinda Syson have started to scout for the young British actors who’ll play the title character, the Artful Dodger and the other kids in the musical. Working Title has experience in seeking out young talent as it produced the film and stage versions of “Billy Elliot. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Blu-ray review

7 July 2015 3:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Re-watching the BBC’s superb Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell adaptation on Blu-ray reveals beautiful new details…

No matter how familiar you are with the story, the litmus test for any new Romeo And Juliet production is whether it has you hoping against hope that this time, that letter will be delivered and those poor kids won’t die. You know it’s impossible, you know it will play out just as it ever has, but you still can’t stop yourself from wishing.

Watching Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell again in one burst just days after it finished airing weekly, that’s exactly the position I found myself in. Despite knowing exactly what was going to happen, each time a character took a fateful step forwards, I flinched and hoped that this time it would be different. This story has that rare power to engulf.

Which makes it ideal for swallowing in a single gulp. »

- louisamellor

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Bertie Carvell and Charlotte Riley Talk Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell

20 June 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Returning tonight on BBC America is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the event series based on Susanna Clarke’s beloved historical fantasy novel of the same name. Faithfully adapted for the screen by director Toby Haynes (Doctor Who) and screenwriter Peter Harness (Wallander), Strange and Norrell takes place in Napoleonic England when practical magic is all but dead to the world. In its place remains a society of priggish old men who pontificate and philosophize on theoretical magic, unable to cast a single spell, until two very different magicians – the peculiar Mr. Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and the whimsical Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvell) – revive English magic and join forces in the war against France. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to sit down for an exclusive interview with series stars Bertie Carvell and Charlotte Riley. We talked about their different approaches to the source material, why Carvell always wanted to play Jonathan Strange, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell episode 5 review: Arabella

14 June 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bertie Carvel shines, along with the rest of the cast, in this week’s captivating, madness-themed Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell…

This review contains spoilers.

1.5 Arabella

Forget Barb meters drily totting up television ratings, the true measure of a TV episode should be judged by the volume of a viewer’s involuntary wail when the end credits appear. By that system, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell registers off the scale. When the screen turned black at the close of tonight’s instalment, my neighbour knocked on the party wall to check I hadn’t done myself an injury.

As an adult, watching this series is the closest I’ve come to the childhood experience of being read a new and spell-binding bedtime book. In the joy of the anticipation, in the telling, and in the frustration of realising a chapter’s end has snuck up on you mid-tale; that’s just how it feels. »

- louisamellor

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Review: Magician Wars Begin on BBC America

12 June 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, the Napoleonic wars play second fiddle to the "magician wars" of the same era. In the BBC series’ alternate universe (based on Susanna Clarke’s best-selling novel), two dueling magicians begin to discover their powers — and their differences — as part of the fulfillment of a prophesy that has brought magic back to England after 300 years. The series is a swirling, fast-paced production. All of its seven episodes were written by Peter Harness (Wallander) and directed by Toby Haynes (Doctor Who), which lends a great visual continuity to the series (including its gothic overtones and use of natural light, which grounds its magical elements in reality). The same is not exactly true of the plot, which propels viewers into a number of disparate stories that — as opposed to its visual style —aren’t anchored with as much dramatic weight. [caption id="attachment_469823" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via BBC America[/caption] Jonathan Strange & Mr. »

- Allison Keene

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell episode 1 review: The Friends Of English Magic

17 May 2015 10:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

BBC One fantasy drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a marvel, from its cast to its magnificent world-building…

This review contains spoilers.

1.1 The Friends Of English Magic

If, like members of the fusty York Society Of Magicians, you needed proof that magic has been restored to England, that episode was it. Forget bringing half a hundred statues to life, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell has pulled off an even unlikelier feat: bringing quality grown-up fantasy to UK television.

Susanna Clarke’s source novel was a canny choice for the task. Its Regency setting plays to the BBC’s period drama strengths and grounds the seven-part series in a recognisable context for any viewers who might ordinarily run a mile at the word ‘faerie’.

Not that Marc Warren’s chilling Gentleman (the sinister being in the Liberace wig and Norman Lamont eyebrows who showed up towards the end of tonight’s episode »

- louisamellor

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: the best UK fantasy in years

10 May 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Starting next Sunday on BBC One, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a genre-bending British drama worth getting very excited about...

What are some of the best British dramas of recent years? Here’s just a few. Wolf Hall, Utopia, Peaky Blinders, Broadchurch, Happy Valley, Luther, Doctor Who and In The Flesh. It's been said to death but remains the case: we truly are in a golden age of original British drama. But now you might just have to make room for a new favourite. I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is the finest new drama that’s been on our screens this decade. In fact, if the first two episodes are anything to go by, it could go down as one of the best this century.

As an adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s epic genre-bending novel, it’s almost perfect. As a »

- louisamellor

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: can the BBC's ambitious magician drama put a spell on audiences?

9 May 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

What if the battle of Waterloo had been fought using magic? This and other supernatural what-ifs are answered in this adaptation of the bestselling fantasy novel

Related: Susanna Clarke on the TV Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: ‘My own characters were walking about!’

Magic has returned to England. Like all tales of the fantastic, it was a matter of stars aligning and heroes triumphing. But unlike most tales of the fantastic, it was also a case of budgets groaning and options expiring. It’s been a lengthy, arduous and – according to director Toby Haynes – “terrifying” process that has brought Susanna Clarke’s epic novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell to the screen, but the transformation from 800-page tome to seven-part series for BBC1 is now complete. Has justice been done? And will a mainstream audience be persuaded to swallow a side order of faeries, spell-casting and ancient magical prophesies on top of their costume drama? »

- Ben Arnold

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Trailer Brings Magic Back to England

27 April 2015 5:28 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

BBC has released a new trailer for the mini-series adaptation of Susanna Clarke's brilliant novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Faithfully adapted for the screen by director Toby Haynes (Doctor Who) and screenwriter Peter Harness (Wallander), Strange and Norrell picks takes place in Napoleonic England when practical magic is all but dead to the world. All that remains is a society of priggish old men who pontificate and philosophize on theoretical magic, unable to cast a single spell, until two very different magicians - the peculiar Mr. Norrell (Eddie Marsan) and the whimsical Jonathan Strange (Bertie Carvell) - revive English magic and join forces in the war against France. Trailer via BBC. Often mismarketed as Harry Potter for adults, an irritating misnomer that somehow manages to belittle both Susanna Clarke's creativity and J.K. Rowling's maturity,  Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is in fact a glorious beast all its own. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: first full trailer

27 April 2015 3:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

BBC fantasy Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is already set to be our drama of the year. See the first full trailer here to find out why...

Prepare to hear a great deal more from us about Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in the coming weeks. The short version: it's excellent and we urge you to tune in when it arrives on the BBC next month.

Writer Peter Harness (Doctor WhoWallander), director Toby Haynes (SherlockDoctor WhoThe Musketeers) and co. have done a magnificent job adapting Susanna Clarke's 2004 debut for this seven-part drama series - no mean feat, as those who've read the novel will understand.

For those who haven't, it's a story of magic in an alternative nineteenth century England, it brims with imagination, depth and beauty, and boasts an excellent cast led by Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel, including Marc Warren, Paul Kaye, Alice Englert, Charlotte Riley, »

- louisamellor

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Sherlock series 4: Steven Moffat promises a "tougher" series

29 March 2015 8:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sherlock series 4, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will be themed around "consequences" says Steven Moffat...

This is a round-up of news relating to Sherlock's fourth series. (We say news. We're being a tad optimistic there.)

To read about on the one-off Victorian-set Sherlock special, due to air at an as-yet-undisclosed-date-but-probably-Christmas this year, please see here.

Latest news

This Entertainment Weekly interview with Steven Moffat provided a few characteristic teases from the Sherlock showrunner, including the promise that series four would contain answers "to questions which nobody has asked" (Sherlock's Gcse results? Mycroft's shoe size? We're just spitballing here). Moffat continued, "we're very exultant about a little thing we've set up that no one is talking about". Fingers at the ready, people, and let the chin-stroking commence...

Asked what the theme of series four would be, Moffat said "It's consequences. Chickens come home to roost. It's dark in »

- louisamellor

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