Independent takes aim

Hirst to adapt Cornwell's bestseller 'Agincourt'

Luc Roeg’s London-based Independent Film Co. has tapped “The Tudors” creator Michael Hirst to adapt Bernard Cornwell’s bestseller “Agincourt.”

Pic will focus on Nicholas Hook, the humble archer who fought the French alongside Henry V in 1415 in one of the bloodiest battles in European history.

Independent optioned the feature rights to “Agincourt” earlier this year and plans to mount a E25 million ($35 million) European co-production. Pre-production is slated for late 2010, followed by a spring 2011 shoot.

Cornwell’s 2008 novel sold nearly 200,000 hardback copies in the U.K. in the first three months and sat on the New York Times bestseller list for four weeks.Outside of Showtime hit “The Tudors,” Hirst is primarily a feature screenwriter. He penned 1998’s “Elizabeth.”

A former William Morris London agent, Roeg co-founded management-production company Artists Independent Network in 2000. Four years ago, he spun off a separate production-finance-sales shingle, Independent, backed by VC fund Living Capital Group.

Independent most recently developed and financed “Mr. Nice,” a biopic of a London drug dealer who got out of jail time by posing as a MI5 agent, starring Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis and Chloe Sevigny. Company also is repping foreign on Duncan Jones’ “Moon,” which it boarded at the script stage.

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