British producer Stephen Woolley is planning a big screen version of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.
It will be the second major literary adaptation, after Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock, to be supported by Optimum Releasing as the distributor seeks to become a major player in UK production. The film, which is also receiving backing from the UK Film Council, is being scripted by David Nicholls and is slated to shoot next year.
Woolley, a co-founder of Number 9 Films whose credits include Interview With A Vampire, brought the project to Optimum. He is promising a dark and Gothic version of the Dickens classic that will have elements of “suspense and terror”. The book has already been developed for the big screen several times, most notably by David Lean, whose 1946 adaptation starred John Mills and Alec Guinness, with Tony Wager as the young Pip. There have also been many TV adaptations.
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