News prods include 'Broken' from helmer Rufus Norris
High off positive reaction to Cannes competish contender “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” BBC Films has announced new productions to its slate this year including Cillian Murphy starrer “Broken,” helmed by Rufus Norris.Pic, based on Daniel Clay’s tome and adapted by Mark O’Rowe, a modern take on Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” includes Dixie Linder, Nick Marston and Tally Garner. BBC Films is also working with Morgan Matthews, who will make a dramatic adaptation of his 2005 BBC docu “Beautiful Young Minds,” penned by James Graham, a rites of passage story about a group of gifted Brit teenagers competing at the international mathematical Olympiad. The outfit is also backing the latest project from Lone Scherfig, “Music and Silence,” directed by a script from Martin Sherman based on Rose Tremain’s tome. Dan Lupovitz and Alexandra Stone produce. And BBC has formalized its commitment to back already announced projects including James Marsh’s “Shadow Dancer,” toplining Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough, based on a script by Tom Bradby from his own tome. Pic, which follows the tale of a young mother in the Irish Republican movement, is produced by Chris Coen, Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney. Paramount will release the pic in Blighty while Wild Bunch is handling international sales. And Lynda Myles and Jason Newmark will produce Bradby’s “Defence of the Realm” for BBC Films, an updated remake of the political thriller following a reporter on the trail of an international scandal. And BBC is backing Mike Newell’s “Great Expectations,” which HanWay is shopping to buyers, “Peter Pan in Scarlet,” the sequel to the J.M. Barrie classic, “Sex Education,” Ol Parker’s “Now Is Good” and “Streetdance 2.”
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