August 2009 on the plans for a new feature film adaptation of Great Expectations, written by Rowan Joffe, to be produced by Stephen Woolley for Number 9 Films and directed by Mike Newell.
Variety is reporting that the new young star of Steven Spielberg's War Horse, Jeremy Irvine is in talks to take on the lead role of Pip, an orphan who rises up through society to become a gentleman thanks to an unknown benefactor. Through most of his life, he’s also obsessed with the cruel and beautiful Estella, who he’s first introduced to via her guardian, Miss Havisham. Helena Bonham-Carter is being mooted for the role of Miss Havisham. The film is eyeing a September shoot.
Jeremy is now represented by Creative Artists Agency in the US, in addition to agents Hatton McEwan in the UK. He has also been reported to be attached to "Now Is Good", to star alongside Dakota Fanning in the film adaptation of Jenny Downham's debut novel "Before I Die".
Coincidentally, the BBC are also currently in pre-production on a "bold, new" TV adaptation of the favoured Dickens novel, with Sarah Phelps as the writer of a 3 x 60 adaptation for BBC Drama Productions. Casting is currently underway for a summer shoot, with the finished product due to hit our TV screens in time for Christmas 2011.