Films in production, prep or development
Prod. Jeremy Thomas; dir. Jon Amiel
Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly star in this emotional drama about Charles Darwin, whose development of the theory of evolution throws his family life into turmoil. Started production in September in Cornwall.
Prods. Matthew Vaughn, Kris Thykier, Keith Bell; dir. Daniel Barber
Vigilante drama starring Michael Caine as an old soldier living on a lawless inner-city estate. Starts shooting in February in London.
Prods. Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae; dir. Sam Taylor Wood
Written by last year’s BAFTA-winning newcomer Matt Greenhalgh, pic follows the teenage John Lennon torn between the mother who gave him up and the aunt who raised him. Starts shooting in March.
“The Boys Are Back in Town”
Prods. Greg Brenman, Tim White; dir. Scott Hicks
Clive Owen is a widowed father who learns the hard way that letting his two sons run riot isn’t the best way to be a single parent. Started production in September in Australia.
“Eddie the Eagle”
Prod. John Heyman; dir. Declan Lowney
Steve Coogan plays the hapless British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, who became the unlikely star of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Starts production in spring.
Prods. Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae; dir. Peter Webber
Emily Bronte’s stormy 19th-century romance set on the Yorkshire moors is the story of doomed passion between untamed orphan Heathcliff (Michael Fassbender) and gentleman’s daughter Cathy (Abbie Cornish). Starts in spring.
Prods. Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae; dir. Chris Smith
Sean Bean stars as a knight hunting a necromancer in plague-ridden medieval England. Starts in spring.
“The Talking Cure”
Prod. Jeremy Thomas; dir. David Cronenberg
Christopher Hampton’s stage play set in early 20th-century Vienna delves into the affair between Jung and his patient Sabina Spielrein, who was also treated by Freud. Start: 2009.
“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”
Prod. Jeremy Thomas; dir. Terry Gilliam
Helmer Gilliam is getting a second crack at his aborted comedy about an American advertising exec who finds himself transported back to 16th-century Spain as the sidekick to Cervantes’ hero Don Quixote. Start date to be determined.