Brit producer-scribe Andy Paterson and his screenwriter wife Olivia Hetreed, who penned Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights,” have joined forces to create new Brit-based shingle Sympathetic Ink.
Company’s first project is a musical adaptation of Graham Greene’s tome “Travels With My Aunt,” which the pair have penned and are producing alongside Jolyon Symonds and Nicholas Greene’s Ascension Entertainment. Project, described as an “updated” version of Greene’s story about a retired bank manager drawn into the enchanting world of his eccentric aunt, reps the couple’s first co-scripting effort but not their first project together: Paterson produced Hetreed’s adaptation of “Girl With a Pearl Earring” in 2003.
The couple, who both have pics screening in Toronto this year — Paterson’s “Burning Man” screened to auds on Saturday, while Hetreed’s “Wuthering Heights” screened Friday — have updated the story to the present day with flashes to the late 1960s/early ’70s.
Paterson and Hetreed will write original songs for the story with a composer, who is yet to be confirmed, while the British Film Institute has boarded the project at development stage.
Paterson previously produced Bobby Darin biopic “Beyond the Sea,” which saw Kevin Spacey in a musical role.
“We both love musicals,” Paterson told Variety. “And in considering how we wanted to tell this story, this seemed the best fit.”
On working with her husband, Hetreed added: “We’ve done script editing for each other on different projects before but we’ve never written together. Now, it seems quite natural as we know each other’s taste and we trust each other.”