‘Inspector’ helmer segues to pix

Stephen Daldry, the acclaimed English theater director behind the internationally successful revival of J.B. Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls,” has signed a first-look, three-year deal with Working Title films, Variety has learned.

The deal between the 36-year-old Daldry and the British production company responsible for “Fargo” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” among others, was due to be made public June 2.

Though specific projects have yet to be named, the agreement gives Daldry an autonomous development fund to work on his own projects as well as those of rising British writers and directors.

The news follows Daldry’s announcement May 13 that he would not renew his contract as artistic director of the Royal Court Theater, his home base since 1992. The theater is to announce a new artistic director in August.

Among the works Daldry probably won’t be filming is “Inspector.” The director has often said he couldn’t figure out how to transfer his expressionist stage treatment to the screen.

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