CANNES — Brit director Nicolas Roeg is returning to mainstream cinema with an adaptation of the Martin Amis novel “Night Train.”
The project is being developed by Roger Randall-Cutler’s First Film Co., with an estimated budget of more than $10 million.
“Night Train” is a thriller set in America revolving around a woman detective.
Roeg commented, “Martin Amis has taken the pattern of the classic crime story and turned it on its head. The role of the woman detective Mike Houlihan is used as a wonderful study in the meaning of all investigations of another’s life.” This investigation leads her to confront “her own personal and private fears and frailties,” Roeg added.
The 70-year-old Roeg is best known for seminal ’70s movies such as “Don’t Look Now,” “Bad Timing,” “Performance” and “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” In recent years, he has been working mainly in TV.
The adaptation of “Night Train” heads a strong development slate from the First Film Co., which also includes “The Bombard Story,” based on the true-life transatlantic voyage of French maverick Alain Bombard.
Randall-Cutler, whose credits include “The Commitments” and “Dance With a Stranger,” is also setting up “No Man’s Land,” the next project from Irish writer-director John Forte.
He’s also developing “Cruise Ship Singer,” a romantic tragicomedy that is the first film by British playwright David Farr.