Helmer Kapur may be tickled by ‘Feathers’

Lensing to begin in late spring

A deal is imminent for helmer Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth,” “Bandit Queen”) to helm Jaffilms’ “The Four Feathers.”

Pic is based on the A. E. Mason novel of the same name; it was originally adapted as a film by Zoltan Korda in 1939. This go-round, the picture will be distributed by Paramount Pictures and Miramax Films.

“Feathers” will be re-adapted for the screen by scribes Michael Schiffer and Hossein Amini. Pic is being produced by Jaffilms’ Stanley Jaffe and Bob Jaffe.

Kapur had previously been considering helming Bel Air Entertainment and Mark Johnson’s drama “Steinbeck’s Point of View,” but he is understood to have broken off talks.

Story of “Feathers” centers on a British Army officer who resigns his commission prior to going to battle in the Sudan. Accused by his comrades and fiancee of cowardice, he attempts to redeem himself by rescuing them.

Pic is being fast-tracked for production and will begin lensing in Morocco by late spring. Casting is expected to begin immediately, with insiders saying the cast will be culled largely from British thesps.

Both Jaffilms and Kapur’s reps declined to comment on the talks.

Kapur is repped by Creative Artists Agency; Schiffer by Endeavor; Amini is repped by United Talent Agency in the U.S. and Curtis Brown literary and media in the U.K.

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