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Joe Wright to direct ‘Indian Summer’

Universal, Working Title behind colonial drama

LONDON — “The Soloist” helmer Joe Wright will next direct “Indian Summer” for Working Title and Universal.

Project is based on the book of the same name by Alex von Tunzelmann about the last days of Britain’s colonial rule in India and the symbolic end of Blighty’s status as a world superpower.

William Nicholson (“Gladiator”) is penning the screenplay. Working Title co-toppers Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce alongside Hilary Bevan Jones (“The Boat That Rocked”).

Lensing is set to begin early next year on location in India. No cast has been set.

Pic will follow the fateful events as Britain’s Lord Mountbatten, with glamorous wife Edwina in tow, is sent to oversee the handover of power in the summer of 1947 to Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister.

“After making ‘The Soloist’ in L.A., I was looking for something that was primarily about the British experience,” Wright told Daily Variety.

“Indian Summer” will mark Wright’s fourth collaboration with Working Title and will be the first project the helmer will direct under a two-picture deal inked last year with the Brit production powerhouse and Universal.

Wright previously made his debut “Pride and Prejudice” and “Atonement” for the shingle. “The Soloist,” which opens in the U.S. on April 24, is a Working Title co-production with DreamWorks.

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