'Telstar' reps 2nd project of music kingpin Meek
Rival biopics about the 1960s pop music producer Joe Meek — the British Phil Spector — are being prepped by directors Nick Moran and Marc Evans.Moran, best known as an actor from pics including “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” is all set to make his directorial debut this summer with his movie “Telstar.” Title comes from the instrumental hit by the Tornadoes that Meek produced in 1962 — it was the first British single to top the U.S. charts. Evans, who helmed the low-budget horror movie “My Little Eye” for WT2, is attached to a Joe Meek script that producer Nik Powell is developing. Moran’s “Telstar” is already fully financed by a private investor, based on the script written by Moran with James Hicks. The actor-turned-auteur has been prepping the project for six years, first as a stage play and then as a movie. Rising Brit stars Paul Nicholls, Danny Dyer, Roland Manookian and Daniel Brocklebank have been cast in supporting roles, although the lead has yet to be confirmed. Big-name cameos are also expected from among Moran’s circle of celebrity mates. Pic is the first project from new Brit production outfit MiKast Movies, launched by Milicia Kastner and Yvonne Michael. Kastner developed “Bend It Like Beckham” at Helkon SK. Michael worked as an assistant to screenwriter Richard Curtis before becoming a producer, with credits including the low-budget heist comedy “Baby Juice Express,” co-written and exec produced by Moran. Other projects on MiKast’s slate include an adaptation of the Peter Shaffer play “Royal Hunt of the Sun” and “33,” based on a screenplay by the late and legendary Donald Cammell (“Performance”).