Tom Jones Epic Series

ITV TAKING US TO 18TH CENTURY

Massive news coming from ITV today! They will join Mammoth Screen, who is doing Victoria, Poldark and Vanity Fair, in adapting classic novel TOM JONES into a new period set series! The raunchy 1749 novel from Henry Fielding follows often very scandalous and bawdy sexual exploits and merry adventures of the young and good hearted 18th century foundling Tom Jones in a story full of twists and surprises. As ‘Radio Times’ reports, the project hasn’t been officially greenlit yet, but it is expected to start shooting next year. Screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes who is penning the project thinks the story is ideal for current atmosphere as Tom never sleeps with women who don’t want him and is always a perfect gentleman! According to rumours, the studio is negotiating with a big star to take the lead role!

It could be ITV’s new period set saga

1997 Adaptation

Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

TO BE TURNED INTO TV SERIES BY WHITE QUEEN PRODUCERS

Another epic series we can expect is the adaptation of Imogen Hermes Gowar‘s THE MERMAID AND MRS HANCOCK.

Playground Entertainment (Wolf Hall, White Queen) has bought the rights on the 1785 London set novel which follows Jonah Hancock, a prosperous merchant and widower, whose Captain returns having sold Hancock’s ship and cargo in exchange for an extraordinary creature; a mermaid. This mermaid becomes the subject of great curiosity and forges an encounter between Hancock and the desirable courtesan, Angelica Neal. The story describes their intertwined lives. This historical fantasy was sold earlier this year in a race between ten publishing houses for a six number sum.

 

Adrift

 SAM CLAFLIN TO STAR
 You absolute adored him last year in heartbreaking Me Before You (for which he did not even get an Oscar nomination), Their Finest and in My Cousin Rachel, and this summer, in June, you will watch Sam Claflin in disaster thriller ADRIFT from director Baltasar Kormakur in which Shailene Woodley plays the female lead opposite Sam. They play avid sailors who set out on a journey across the ocean and encounter one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

 

Later this year, you will also watch lovely Sam Claflin in period set darma THE NIGHTINGALE set in 1825 Tasmania. A young convict woman seeking revenge for the murder of her family, takes an Aboriginal male outcast with her through the interior and gets much more than she bargained for.

Sam has also become a father last year!

Emma 2009

  • Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit – matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her friends, most of all Harriet Smith. Emma is desperate for Harriet to find happiness, but every suitor she finds for her friend ends up attracted to Emma herself. But is Emma so focused on Harriet’s happiness that she is not considering her own happiness in love?

    Written by Mel from the Untied Kingdom

  • Regency
  • Jane Austen
  • Romola Garai, Rupert Evans, Jodhi May, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller

 

“The Medusa” 19th Century

MOVIE CASTS JESSE EISENBERG, VANESSA REDGRAVE AND PIERCE BROSNAN

 

Another period set project will be a movie on famous painter Théodore Géricault THE MEDUSA depicting the tragic events that inspired his harrowing and politically significant masterpiece The Raft Of The Medusa.  Jesse Eisenberg will play the painter, with Pierce Brosnan as his uncle and nemesis, Caruel, and Vanessa Redgrave as his anti royalist innkeeper. Peter Webber of Girl With a Pearl Earring is directing.

Set during the turmoil of post Napoleonic France, the story centres on Géricault, artist and enfant terrible, who learns that his best friend has died after the Naval vessel Medusa runs aground near Senegal. His death and those of over 100 others were horrific due to incompetence on the part of an aristocratic captain.

No date given

The Lighthouse *** UK July 8th

The Lighthouse’ is a historical Chiller based on the macabre true story of The Smalls Island Lighthouse tragedy.

‘The Lighthouse’ stars Michael Jibson (Saints & Strangers, Les Misérables, The Riot Club) and Mark Lewis Jones (Game Of Thrones, Master And Commander, Child 44)

The film follows Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffith’s disastrous posting to the Smalls Island Lighthouse to ‘keep the light’ 25 miles from land and surrounded by the deadly Irish Sea.

The men are stranded in a freak storm that rages for months, nothing short of an act of God. The film tells a tale of death, madness and isolation; a desolate trip into the heart of human darkness.

Made in collaboration with Ffilm Cymru Wales, the BFI , BBC Films, S4C, Edicis and Soda Pictures, Directed by Chris Crow (Devil’s Bridge, Panic Button, Viking: The Darkest Day) and produced by David Lloyd (Devil’s Bridge)

Shot in South Wales during 2014 with Post-Production completed in 2015 ‘The Lighthouse’ will be released in the UK on July 8th 2016 through Soda Pictures.

Circa 1801