TRACKING BOARD – John Hurt and Gemma Arterton have signed on to lead the adaptation of the novel THE HISTORY OF LOVE by Nicole Krauss. The film was previously set at Warner Bros. with Alfonso Cuaron attached to produce and direct. Radu Mihaileanu is now attached to write and direct, with 2.4.7. Films coming onboard to produce. Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault will serve as producers.
The story follows the characters Leo Gursky and Alma Mereminski, two young lovers of Polish-Jewish descent in 1930’s Poland. Leo writes a book for Alma titled “The History Of Love.” On the brink of World War II, Leo and Alma are split up when Germany invades Poland. Years later, Leo is a bitter old man that doesn’t realize that the book that he wrote for Alma has been printed, and has interconnected the lives of strangers that are searching for the true identities of the characters in the story.
The film has changed hands multiple times over the course of development. Optioned in 2005, the project was originally set at Warner Bros with Alfonso Cuaron attached to produce and direct. Anhelo Productions was previously producing the project, before moving to HeyDay Films with David Heyman producing. The film is now locked in to shoot in July with 2.4.7. Films and Radu Mihaileanu at the helm. (source)
SCREENDAILY – Paris-based sales powerhouse Wild Bunch will kick off sales on Radu Mihaileanu’s saga The History of Love, starring John Hurt, Gemma Arterton and Sophie Nélisse at the Cannes Marché next month.
The mainly New York-set saga, spanning three continents and a period running from just before the Second World War to the present day, is based on US writer Nicole Krauss’s international bestseller.
Hurt will play Leo, an elderly Polish Jewish immigrant still mourning the loss of his childhood sweetheart in the chaos of war, who is strangely linked to a teenage girl through a long, lost book on love… subtitled ‘the most loved woman in the world’.
“It’s a love story spanning 65 years… revolving around three friends in Poland whose destinies change forever when war breaks out,” Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval told ScreenDaily.
Gemma, together with her mum and sister, attended the opening night performance of La Fille Mal Gardee at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden (London). The young women cut stylish figures as they clearly dressed to impress for the occasion.
Gemma wore a conservative black jumpsuit, which were embellished with a retro, cut-away collar in white. She capped the look with some black, semi-sheer sandals. (source)
With big thanks to Mouza I’ve been able to add several HQs from the event in the gallery, check them out:
– Public Events > “La Fille Mal Gardee” Opening Night at the Royal Opera House
Updated the gallery adding digital HQ scans and outtakes from You Magazine (April 12 issue) and additional photos from the Olivier Awards. Enjoy!
DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE – Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Bill Nighy (The Second Best Marigold Hotel) are set to star in Their Finest Hour and a Half, with Lone Scherfig (An Education) directing.
BBC Films developed and co-finances the film, which is being produced by Oscar-nominated producers Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films, led by Stephen Woolley (Made in Dagenham) and Amanda Posey (Brooklyn).
Gaby Chiappe has adapted Lissa Evans’s 2009 novel set in early 1940’s World War II London. A romantic comedy imbued with the screwball repartee of classic Hollywood of the time (think a Brit His Girl Friday), Their Finest Hour and a Half is a battle of the sexes that follows the misadventures of a British movie crew trying to make a patriotic film to boost morale during the Blitz.
BBC Films’ Christine Langan and Ed Wethered will exec-produce. HanWay, still hot off the headline-making $9 million Sundance sale of Brooklyn to Fox Searchlight, have boarded worldwide sales rights.
“Gaby Chiappe’s skilful adaptation of Lissa Evans’s brilliantly comic and moving wartime novel is a stunning film debut,” commented BBC Films’ head Christine Langan. “Their Finest Hour and a Half is a funny and touching romance with a great female lead role that is entertaining and emotional in equal measure,” added Hanway managing director Thorsten Schumacher.
The prestige pic is set for a late summer shoot, and reps another classy title from vet collaborators and Brit film industry stalwarts Posey and Woolley. Posey most recently produced Brooklyn with Finola Dwyer while Woolley has another stellar looking feature in the pipelines in Todd Haynes’ Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Kyle Chandler. Elizabeth Karlsen is a producer alongside Woolley for that project. Hanway is handling sales on both those titles. (source)
Gemma attended the 2015 Olivier Awards yesterday (April 12) at The Royal Opera House in London. She looked splendid in a daring black dress and a minimalist gold necklace. Gemma was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical, but sadly she lost to Katie Brayben. Though, Gemma is amazing in Made in Dagenham and she’s a winner for us all anyway! :) Several photos from the evening have now been added in our gallery, enjoy!
– Public Events > 2015 Olivier Awards
OFFICIAL LONDON THEATRE – Hollywood star and Made In Dagenham‘s leading lady talked to Official London Theatre about her Olivier Award nomination at an exclusive celebration event for all the nominees. Watch to find out why she wanted to tell her dad first and why a beautiful dress led to her most embarrassing moment on stage.