Universal Boards Mary Magdalene Movie from ‘King’s Speech’ Producer

LONDON — Universal Pictures Intl. Productions has boarded a movie about Mary Magdalene, reputed to have been one of Jesus’ most devout followers, from “The King’s Speech” producer See-Saw Films.

Universal will release the pic, titled “Mary Magdalene,” in all international territories apart from Australia and New Zealand, where Transmission Films is handling. Film4 co-developed the film.

Garth Davis will direct the movie, which will shoot later this year for delivery in 2017. Davis also teamed with See­-Saw on “Lion,” starring Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, which shot last year.

Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett penned the script and See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce. Goslett and John Cameron Mitchell co-wrote “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” which is being produced by Little Punk and See-Saw.

UPIP managing director Peter Kujawski and co-managing director Robert Walak, who will oversee the Mary Magdalene pic, negotiated the deal with See-Saw, along with UPIP business affairs head Alexander Jooss.

The news was first reported by Deadline.

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