Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Joe Wright Set To Direct Indian Summer For Universal

The Soloist helmer Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) will next direct "Indian Summer" for Working Title and Universal.

Project is based on the book of the same name by Alex von Tunzelmann about the last days of Britain's colonial rule in India and the symbolic end of Blighty's status as a world superpower.

William Nicholson (Gladiator) is penning the screenplay. Working Title co-toppers Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce alongside Hilary Bevan Jones (The Boat That Rocked).

Pic will follow the fateful events as Britain's Lord Mountbatten, with glamorous wife Edwina in tow, is sent to oversee the handover of power in the summer of 1947 to Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.

"Indian Summer" will mark Wright's fourth collaboration with Working Title and will be the first project the helmer will direct under a two-picture deal inked last year with the Brit production powerhouse and Universal.

I really enjoyed Pride & Prejudice and Atonement both of which were directed by Joe Wright. I think hes a talented director and his films always seem to be compelling. I haven't read Indian Summer, but I'm sure Wright will deliver another solid title. Here's hoping Keira Knightley is in it since she tends to perform better in his movies.

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