‘Dan Leno’ deal inked

Nettelbeck to pen, helm psychological murder mystery

Terry Gilliam, Sandra Nettelbeck and co-helmers Scott McGehee and David Siegel are developing new movie projects with British producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen.

Gilliam and his co-writer Tony Grisoni are poised to sign a deal to adapt Peter Ackroyd’s novel “Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem.”

The project, which is being developed with coin from the U.K. Film Council, is a psychological murder mystery set in Victorian London.

Nettelbeck, the German helmer who made her breakthrough with “Mostly Martha,” is writing and will direct a bigscreen version of Noel Coward’s play “Design for Living.” It’s a social comedy set in 1932 about three free-spirited artists living in a menage-a-trois.

McGehee and Siegel (“The Deep End”) are attached to direct “The Deadly Percheron,” which Karlsen is developing at Fox Searchlight. Howard A. Rodman (“Savage Grace”) is scripting this adaptation of John Franklin Bardin’s classic 1940s crime novel.

Karlsen and Woolley, although married to each other, have separate companies — hers is Number 9 Films, his is Company of Wolves (in partnership with Neil Jordan). They work together formally on some projects and informally on others.

Woolley is currently prepping his own directorial debut, a biopic of doomed Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones to be produced by his former partner Nik Powell.

Karlsen is also developing Phyllis Nagy’s “Mrs. Harris” with Killer Films; a Jimi Hendrix biopic to be directed by Paul Greengrass; an adaptation of Blake Morrison’s memoir “When Did You Last See Your Father” for FilmFour; and a remake of Lukas Moodysson’s “Together,” to be directed by Miguel Arteta for Focus Features.

Woolley and Karlsen are working together on adaptations of Toby Young’s “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” and David Flusfeder’s novel “The Gift,” both for FilmFour.

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