Producer to adapt stage show
“Hot Fuzz” producer Nira Park has a new project, an adaptation of Jane Bussmann’s one-woman stage show “Bussmann’s Holiday.”Park will develop via her shingle Big Talk Productions. Project will likely be done in conjunction with Film Four, the British production shingle with which Big Talk has a pact. Like Bussmann’s one-woman London show, project is a comedy that enters on the true story of Bussmann’s career. The former “South Park” writer went to Uganda to become a journalist, motivated mainly by what she calls “a desire to meet the extremely hot John Prendergast,” an American peace activist based in the country. But she wound up stumbling upon a war-crimes scandal. Bussmann also recently sold a script to HBO for a sitcom about a thirtysomething woman looking for love in war-torn Africa (Daily Variety, May 1). Big Talk has produced a number of comedies, most notably the zombie spoof “Shaun of the Dead,” which was a breakout for Focus’ Rogue Pictures in 2004. FilmFour, the film-production arm of the U.K.’s Channel 4, has produced and financed a long slate of movies including “The Last King of Scotland” and “Me and You and Everyone We Know.” It’s currently a partner on Peter Jackson passion project “The Lovely Bones.”
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