‘Miss Potter’ bags producer Medavoy

Maltby Jr. penned script about bestselling author

Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures has come aboard to produce “Miss Potter,” the true tale of British children’s author Beatrix Potter, which helmer Bruce Beresford will direct.

Pic, penned by Richard Maltby Jr., explores the love, loss and struggle for independence of the young spinster who overcame a domineering mother and chauvinism of Victorian England to become a bestselling author.

Project was brought into Phoenix by director of development David Thwaites, who will oversee production on the film for Phoenix. Pic will be produced by Medavoy, David Kirschner and Corey Sienega. It is expected to start shooting this fall in the U.K.

Beresford also helmed HBO feature “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself” with Antonio Banderas in the title role, which debuts later this year.

Helmer is also attached to direct “The Blue Afternoon,” for Odyssey Entertainment. Pic, adapted by William Boyd from his own novel, is to star Oliver Martinez and Sam Neill.

Pic is a romantic thriller that centers on the story of a doctor in turn of the century Manila who becomes embroiled in the investigation into the guerrilla attacks on the U.S. Army 49th Battalion.

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