‘Seven Days’ to take five years

Winterbottom starts prison drama

CANNES — Michael Winterbottom, whose “A Mighty Heart” premieres out of competition Monday, has started shooting a new movie project, “Seven Days” — but it won’t be finished until 2012.

Winterbottom plans to film the story over five years, a few weeks at a time. The pic, financed by Channel 4, stars John Simm as a man serving a five-year prison term for drug smuggling, with Shirley Henderson as his wife.

It will chart their relationship, and his relationship with their four children, over the course of his sentence until his release. Producer Andrew Eaton describes the project as “a love story.”

Winterbottom and Laurence Coriat will write the script as the story develops over the years. The first scenes have already been shot in Norfolk.

As with Winterbottom’s “The Road to Guantanamo,” the movie is being bankrolled as a telepic from C4’s drama budget, but is intended for theatrical release outside the U.K under the Film4 banner.

Winterbottom’s next, more conventional movie, will be “Genova,” which shoots this summer in Italy, also for Film4.

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