U.K. duo Working a wider angle

Bevan, Fellner explore new territory but remember what works

LONDON — Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are developing a slate that reflects their revamped philosophy: Stick with what works, while broadening into serious works and charting new territory, such as legit.

Three U.S. rom-coms are vying to shoot this year, including “100 Weddings” directed by “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star, and “Being Booey,” to which “Hitch” helmer Andy Tennant is attached.

Fellner is developing a WWI epic “Birdsong,” with Joe Wright attached to direct. Anthony Minghella has become a producing partner of WT, both through the collaboration on “Interpreter,” and now with Phillip Noyce’s apartheid thriller “Hot Stuff.”

Shekhar Kapur is returning to make “Golden Age,” the sequel to “Elizabeth,” again starring Cate Blanchett. With the bloody religious schism between Protestants and Catholics at the heart of the drama, Bevan describes it as a film “about tolerance.”

Stephen Daldry has also come back to direct the “Billy Elliot” stage musical (a whole new direction for Working Title), which premieres May 12 at London’s Victoria Theater. Then he will move onto the logistically ambitious movie “Everest,” about the storms that killed a dozen climbers.

“Notting Hill” helmer Roger Michell is lined up to direct “The Rip,” a heist pic.

Bevan is raising the creative bar for the sequel to “Bean,” with stage heavyweight Simon McBurney injecting some gravitas.

And continuing their mission to break new directing talent, promo helmer Ringan Ledwidge will make his debut with the low-budget Aussie backpacker thriller “Lonely Planet.”

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