FilmFour has agreed to co-finance Stephen Fry’s “Bright Young Things,” an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic 1930s novel “Vile Bodies.”
The company will also bankroll “Shaun of the Dead,” described as a “romantic-comedy-action-zombie” movie by the team behind Channel 4 sitcom “Spaced.”
Judi Dench and Peter O’Toole are already attached to star in “Bright Young Things,” although the youthful leads have yet to be cast.
Pic, which marks Fry’s screenwriting and directing debut, is being developed by Michael Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton’s Revolution Films. Gina Carter will produce for Revolution and Miranda Davis for Fry’s shingle Doubting Hall Ltd.
FilmFour Intl. is selling foreign rights. United Artists, which has a first-look deal with Revolution, turned the project down before Bingham Ray arrived as president, but Ray is currently reviewing that decision.
“Shaun of the Dead” is co-written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. Wright will direct the pic, with Pegg taking the lead role a 29-year-old wannabe DJ who is jolted out of his professional and romantic inertia by a zombie invasion of London.
Producer is Nira Park of Big Talk.