Marc Abraham’s Universal-based production shingle Strike Entertainment has optioned the feature film remake rights to Kingsley Amis’ classic novel “Lucky Jim.”
Rights were acquired for a mid-six-figure sum from Canal Plus, which produced a 1957 feature adaptation, with John Boulting directing and Terry Thomas starring.
As yet, no screenwriter has been hired to pen the adaptation of the novel, described as a “comic catastrophe” centering on a young professor who struggles to make a name for himself in the competitive world of British academia. As he does so, he becomes the victim of a series of disasters that test his will and commitment and threaten to derail any possibility of a distinguished career.
Abraham and Strike have also boarded the pic formerly titled “Helldorado” and will produce with Kevin Misher and Karen Glassic. The film, now untitled, will be directed by Peter Berg and star Dwayne “the Rock” Anderson and Seann William Scott. Shooting begins this month in Hawaii.
Amis property is the second notable literary acquisition for Strike after it acquired Calvin Trillin’s novel “Tepper Isn’t Going Out” earlier this summer.
In May, Strike sealed a four-year, first-look production deal with Universal, which is also producing the previously announced remake of the horror pic “Dawn of the Dead” and “Children of Men,” to be helmed by Alfonso Cuaron (“Y tu mama tambien”).
Abraham is attending the Toronto Film Festival with two productions, U’s “The Emperor’s Club,” starring Kevin Kline, and Disney’s “Tuck Everlasting.”
“We’re thrilled to get the rights to ‘Lucky Jim,’ ” Abraham said. “It has been one of (Strike Entertainment partner) Eric Newman’s favorite books for a long time, and he and I have a take on it that I think will make it very contemporary while still honoring its genius.”