Director returns to roots
LONDON — Stephen Frears, who is completing “High Fidelity” for Disney, is poised for a return to his low-budget British roots, with a deal to direct “Liam” for BBC Films.“Liam” is an original screenplay by Jimmy McGovern, creator of the “Cracker” TV series. Pic, which is about a Catholic boy growing up in 1930s Liverpool, starts shooting in March. Germany’s Road Movies and France’s Diaphana are co-financing the project, which will be produced by Colin McKeown and exec produced by Sally Hibbin. International sales are being handled by the Sales Co.