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Ecosse adapts ‘Green Dolphin Street’

Kevin Hood pens script for $20 million pic

EDINBURGH — U.K.-based Ecosse Films is developing a feature adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ tome “On Green Dolphin Street.”

The project reunites Ecosse co-toppers Douglas Rae and Robert Bernstein with “Becoming Jane” scribe Kevin Hood, who has already penned the script.

The tale, set in New York, Washington and briefly Moscow in 1959 against the backdrop of the Cold War, follows the love affair of Mary, an English rose, and Frank, a Chicago journalist. Mary, who is married to diplomat Charlie, soon becomes torn between the love of these two men.

Ecosse execs are in talks with a U.S. producer and three directors to work on the $20 million pic, scheduled to shoot in Canada next year.

Cast has yet to be confirmed but Rae said it would be a “great part for an English actress and Humphrey Bogart-type.”

This isn’t the first time Ecosse have worked with Faulks’ material — the shingle produced his tome “Charlotte Gray,” starring Cate Blanchett, in 2001.

Ecosse is also working on Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of Emily Bronte’s tome “Wuthering Heights,” scheduled to shoot in Yorkshire with “Skins” star Kaya Scodelario.

And the shingle is in pre-production on “The Decoy Bride,” which is directed by Sheree Folkson, whose credits include “Ugly Betty” and “Casanova.” Pic stars Scottish thesps David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) and Kelly MacDonald (“No Country For Old Men,” “Gosford Park”).

Ecosse is also developing a feature adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s tome “Treasure Island,” which it will shoot in Queensland, Australia. Toppers remained tight lipped about director and cast but said they were in talks with a number of Aussie helmers. (Shingle had to drop a U.S. director and opt for Aussie in order to qualify for Oz tax credit.) Script has been penned by Niall Johnson (“Callas”).

HanWay is sales agent for both “Decoy Bride” and “Wuthering Heights.”

Ecosse is at the Edinburgh Film Festival for their low-budget ($3 million) indie title “Pelican Blood,” which is up for the festival’s Michael Powell jury award. The pic, helmed by Karl Golden, world preemed June 17 at the fest and follows the love story of an avid birdwatcher and a free spirited Aussie who meet on a suicide website. Pic is also backed by Icon Entertainment International, EM Media and Molinare Studio.

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