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London Fields film shoot gets under way

10 September 2013 2:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Long gestating Martin Amis adaptation starts shooting, with Katy Perry promo director Matthew Cullen on board

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It has languished in Hollywood purgatory for well over a decade while directors of the calibre of David Cronenberg, Michael Winterbottom and Shekhar Kapur have come and gone. But Martin Amis's most celebrated novel, London Fields, is finally due to begin shooting today in the British capital with a high-profile cast that includes Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton and Jim Sturgess.

Guillermo del Toro protege Mathew Cullen will make his feature film debut on the project after cutting his teeth on commercials and music videos, as well as overseeing the prologue for the Mexican film-maker's current blockbuster Pacific Rim. The big screen version, the screenplay for which Amis has written himself with Roberta Hanley, does not look to have diverted too far from the 1989 novel. It centres »

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Martin Amis' London Fields finally becoming a movie, this time by the guy who directed Katy Perry's "California Gurls"

9 September 2013 1:47 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Once readied for adaptation by David Cronenberg (before he decided to move on to another seemingly unfilmable book with Cosmopolis), Martin AmisLondon Fields is now in the hands of first-time feature director Mathew Cullen, who definitely has nothing to lose. Deadline reports that production on London Fields is currently underway, and it boasts the most famous cast for an Amis adaptation yet. Of course, considering that list is limited to The Rachel Papers and Dead Babies, a.k.a. Mood Swingers, that’s not saying much (with apologies to Ione Skye). Still, Amber Heard is playing Nicola, the manipulative »

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