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NUPTIAL FOLLOWUP NABS MICHELL

LONDON — Roger Michell has been signed to direct the follow-up to “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” an untitled English romantic comedy currently known only as “The Notting Hill Project.”

The film is being developed by “Four Weddings” writer Richard Curtis and producer Duncan Kenworthy through their specially formed company Notting Hill Pictures, and is being financed by Working Title Films.

It is not a sequel to “Four Weddings,” which was directed by Mike Newell, but is a contemporary comedy in a similar vein. Michell is an acclaimed theater director who made his feature debut with the adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.”

However, “The Notting Hill Project” is now very unlikely to shoot this summer as originally planned, but will probably be put back until next year.

This is because of Curtis’ other personal and professional commitments, which include running the annual Comic Relief charity drive, helping with the post-production of Working Title’s “Bean” and having a baby.

“Now that Roger’s on board we’re starting an extended period of development,” Kenworthy told Daily Variety. “Richard has so many other commitments that we won’t have the time we want to spend on the script if we try to shoot this year. We’re learning from the success of ‘Four Weddings,’ when the writer, director and producer spent eight months working together to get the script right.”

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