McPherson to trace Neville's path

LONDON — Working Title Films is planning to revisit the Swinging Sixties with a lavish adaptation of Richard Neville’s memoir “Hippie Hippie Shake.”

Don McPherson ( “The Avengers”) has signed to script the pic, which charts Neville’s odyssey through London’s counterculture.

Neville arrived in 1966 and plunged into the world of caftans, drugs and sexual liberation. Five years later he was convicted of obscenity and spent 15 months in jail for his part in publishing the notorious “Schoolkids” issue of the underground magazine Oz.

Working Title’s Tim Bevan described the project as “a big British film about the texture of that time.” It’s slated for production some time in 1999, although that depends on the destiny of Working Title itself in the breakup of Polygram Filmed Entertainment.

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