British shingle to adapt Ackroyd book for bigscreen

Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen’s London-based Number 9 Films is developing an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s tome “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem” with “Kick-Ass” scribe Jane Goldman.

The crime story, set up with Film4 and the U.K. Film Council, is set against the music halls of Victorian London and follows a Jack-the Ripper-style serial killer nicknamed the Limehouse Golem and the rise and fall of a vaudeville star.

Blighty-born Goldman’s scriptwriting credits also include “Stardust,” “The Debt” and upcoming releases “The Woman in Black” and “X-Men: First Class.”

Number 9 is also in talks with helmer Neil Jordan to direct “Byzantium,” based on Moira Buffini’s eponymous play. Pic is about a pair of women who claim to be vampire siblings.

Jordan directed Number 9′s 2005 pic “Breakfast on Pluto.” He has also worked with Woolley on “The Crying Game,” “Interview With the Vampire” and “The End of the Affair.”

This summer, Number 9 is skedded to begin lensing an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” penned by “Starter for 10″ scribe David Nicholls and directed by Mike Newell.

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