CANNES — Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone are in negotiations to co-star in “There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble,” one of several projects being prepped for production this year by the U.K.’s FilmFour.
The pic will be directed by John Hay from a script by Simon Mayle, and is produced by Sarah Radclyffe and Jeremy Bolt.
Daniel Craig (“Love Is the Devil”) and David Morrisey (“Hilary and Jackie”) are attached to “Some Voices,” to be directed by Simon Cellan-Jones. It’s adapted by Joe Penhall from his play about a schizophrenic trying to readjust to the outside world after years in an institution.
The project is being produced by Graham Broadbent at Dragon Pictures.
Also on the FilmFour slate is “Sad Fuckers Club,” written and directed by first-timer John McKay. It’s a comedy-drama about three 40-year-old single women.Laura Esquivel is scripting “Senor Vivo,” an adaptation of Louis de Bernieres’ novel about a philosophy professor in South America who declares war on a local cocaine baron.
Mark Munden, who recently directed the BBC TV series “Vanity Fair,” is attached to helm “Carbon Miranda,” written by Rod Young and produced by Laurence Bowen of Feelgood Fiction. It’s the story of a man who becomes romantically entangled with a beautiful con woman.Meanwhile, FilmFour is about to start shooting Jez Butterworth’s “Birthday Girl,” a co-production with Miramax HAL Films, starring Nicole Kidman and Ben Chaplin.
Two films from the same writing team, Louis Mellis and David Scinto, also start shooting in May. Jonathan Glazer’s “Sexy Beast,” a co-production with Fox Searchlight, is a caper movie starring Ben Kingsley, Winstone and Ian McShane. “Gangster No. 1” is a harder-edged gangster pic set in 1970s Soho, starring Malcolm McDowell. co-financed by Germany’s Road Movies and British Screen.