10 items from 2011
Originally Gk signed Christopher McQuarrie to write the early draft as a potential for Angelina Jolie. Although this was done, there are still no signs of Jolie so it won’t be clear who’ll star until Frank does his rewrite and gets the film ready.
Unforgiven is about a woman’s attempt to rejoin society after she serves a 15-year prison stretch for the murder of two policemen. The tragedy happened after the policemen came to evict her family from their farmhouse. Her hope is to live quietly and reunite with her troubled younger sister, but the paroled woman is targeted for a revenge campaign by two sons of one of her victims. Suranne Jones played the lead in the original miniseries, which was written by Sally Wainwright and directed by David Evans. »
- Leah Farrar
Scott Frank is set to adapt 2009's British miniseries Unforgiven for Gk Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington. Deadline reports that The Lookout director will rewrite and direct the project. Christopher McQuarrie penned the initial draft as a potential vehicle for Angelina Jolie, but then left the project to direct Tom Cruise in One Shot for Paramount. At this time it is not known who will star in the film, Jolie never formally signed on to star.
Unforgiven is about "a woman’s attempt to rejoin society after she serves a 15-year prison stretch for the murder of two policemen. The tragedy happened after the policemen came to evict her family from their farmhouse. Her hope is to live quietly and reunite with her troubled younger sister, but the paroled woman is targeted for a revenge campaign by two sons of one of her victims." The original miniseries starred »
The film originally reported for development last year with Christopher McQuarrie drafting, Gk Films has now hired screenwriter Scott Frank to take on Unforgiven . Deadline has the word that the Minority Report scribe will adapt the 2009 ITV1 miniseries. The TV series starred Suranne Jones as Ruth Slater, a convict responsible for the double homicide of two police officers. Following her release from prison 15 years later, she's targeted for revenge. The movie was originally envisioned as a star vehicle for Angelina Jolie. »
We here at The Hollywood News are starting to cover the very latest West End theatre news right here on the site, as well as some exciting stage-themed features over the coming weeks, and we are so excited about it all. Anyway, here’s some more news from theatreland regarding Legally Blonde, the award-winning stage musical that has been wowing audiences at The Savoy in the Strand since 2009.
College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend Warner dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
- Paul Heath
Abi Morgan's The Hour concluded with more than 1.7m on Tuesday evening, while Channel 4's Seven Dwarves stayed popular, overnight audience data has revealed. The Dominic West-starring drama appealed to 1.58m (6.8%) on BBC Two from 9pm and 107k (0.5%) on the BBC HD channel, down by around 800k on the series premiere last month. Observational documentary Seven Dwarves, following seven dwarf actors living together during a pantomime season production of Snow White, averaged 2.36m (10.2%) for Channel 4 in the 9pm hour, roughly flat week-on-week, with 305k (1.7%) tuning in an hour later. The programme proved too strong for Sally Wainwright's Unforgiven, which had 1.67m (7.3%) on ITV1 and 100k (0.5%) on +1. However, both shows were outperformed by Harry's Arctic Heroes, which captivated 4.41m (19.1%) on BBC One. Wildlife Patrol (more) »
- By Andrew Laughlin
Channel 4's new series Seven Dwarves enchanted nearly 2.5m viewers on Tuesday evening, while Elijah Wood's Wilfred launched with 620k, overnight audience data has revealed. Observation documentary Seven Dwarves, which follows seven dwarf actors living together during a pantomime season production of Snow White, averaged 2.47m (10.6%) for Channel 4 in the 9pm hour, with 384k (2.1%) tuning in an hour later. The programme proved too strong for Sally Wainwright's three-part drama Unforgiven, which had 1.91m (8.2%) on ITV1 and 164k (0.9%) on +1. However, both shows were outperformed by Diy Sos: The Big Build's 5.68m (24.3%) on BBC One. Over at BBC Three, a double bill of the Elijah Wood-starring dark comedy Wilfred amused 619k (3.7%) and 503k (3.7%) from 10.30pm. Wildlife Patrol entertained 2.39m (11.5%) (more) »
- By Andrew Laughlin
Five leading TV drama writers choose their favourite peer
I first noticed Paul Abbott's name on the credits of Cracker in 1994. What immediately excited me was that his dark, sharp insights existed so brilliantly within a genre setting. Back then, series writers were on the bottom rungs of the television industry – the kudos tended to go to one-off dramas. Paul changed all that.
Some writers write the same thing all their lives. Paul has moved from the dark thrillers of Touching Evil to the gloomy strangeness of The Secret World of Michael Fry, to Shameless. Watching the News Corp saga unfold, it's been hard not to think of State of Play, perhaps his greatest work to date: a dark and emotional take on our newspapers and the society they feed.
His love of storytelling is ever-present, and he plies his talent in the brutal world of the ratings-obsessed mainstream, »
- Emine Saner
It's been green tea, no booze and "just the odd fag" all week for Suranne Jones when we meet in central London, the actor detoxing in preparation for a new play.
The last theatre work she did was Blithe Spirit in 2009 when, the 31-year-old Mancunian explains, "I had trouble getting my northern mouth around Noël Coward's sentences." Her new play, which will transfer to London's Trafalgar Studios next month, is a revival of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls. It imagines a riotous party attended by various historical figures, and its overlapping dialogue is even trickier than Coward's banter. Hence the detox, intended to up "brain space", or something like that.
Look, she's being conscientious – and maybe an actor has to put in that little extra, coming from a soap. »
- Tom Lamont
Bert and Dickie, the story of rowers Bert Bushnell and Dickie Burnell, will coincide with the London Games next year
A show about how London coped with hosting the 1948 Olympics is among the new dramas being lined up for BBC1 in 2012.
As London prepares to host the 2012 Games, BBC1 will next year broadcast Bert and Dickie – the story of rowers Bert Bushnell and Dickie Burnell.
Just six weeks before the so-called "austerity Olympics" the pair teamed up together to race for Olympic gold in the double sculls. Bert and Dickie, written by William Ivory, charts their journey against the backdrop of the capital struggling to put on the first Games since the end of the second world war.
- Tara Conlan
BBC One has announced a range of new dramas, including shows penned by William Boyd and Sally Wainwright. Boyd has agreed to adapt his novel Restless into a two-part drama for the channel, Broadcast reports. Restless focuses on a young woman who finds out that her mother was a spy during World War II. The Channel 4 adaptation of another of Boyd's novels, Any Human Heart, won a BAFTA on Sunday. Wainwright, who has worked on shows such as At Home with the Braithwaites and Unforgiven, has signed up to write Anthony and Cleopatra. The six-part series focuses on two widows in their 70s who fall in love but have to deal with their families. Elsewhere, Stephen Butchard will pen Savage, a show about a young policeman who witnesses the murder of his best friend. Butchard's credits include Five Daughters, (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
10 items from 2011