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‘Education’ duo follow Hornby’s ‘Way’

Dwyer, Posey develop bestselling novel

“An Education” producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey are developing Nick Hornby’s bestselling tome “A Long Way Down” for the bigscreen.

Backed by Film4, the pic is set to shoot in the U.K. next spring. Scribe Jack Thorne has nearly completed adapting the screenplay.

The dark comedy follows two women and two men who meet on New Year’s Eve on the roof of a tall building called Topper’s House with the intent of killing themselves. Eventually their thoughts of suicide subside as they interact and begin to relate to each other.

“It’s a very life-affirming story,” Dwyer said. “The characters are fantastic in the book and we’re really excited to be developing the project.”

Cast and director have yet to be decided.

Hornby, who is married to Posey, adapted the screenplay for Lynne Barber’s memoir “An Education.”

Dwyer is producing Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut “Quartet” alongside Headline Pictures’ Stewart Mackinnon and BBC Films. The comedy, which is selling at Cannes through HanWay Films, follows the events leading up to a one-off reunion concert of a once world-famous foursome of opera singers.

Jamie Laurenson is executive producing for the BBC while script is being penned by “The Pianist” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” scribe Ronald Harwood.

Producers are in talks with Maggie Smith, Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay to star in the pic, which is slated to shoot later this year on location in the U.K.

“I sent Dustin the script in January and I knew he wanted to direct something and I thought this would be perfect for him as Ronnie is such a brilliant writer.” Dwyer said. “Ronnie’s very funny and life-affirming script, the stellar cast and Dustin directing is an irresistible combination.”

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