HanWay and BBC Films are partnering on Don Hemingway, a black comedy that will star Jude Law and Richard E. Grant. The Matador’s Richard Shepard is directing the London-set pic about a larger than life safecracker with a short fuse. Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company is producing with shooting to start in the fall. HanWay is handling sales.
Steve Coogan has signed on for Northern Soul, a film about the underground music movement in 1970s England. Coogan is best known to US audiences as the director who gets blown up in Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder – and for his Michael Caine impression in last year’s The Trip. In the Loop director Armando Iannucci is also prepping a feature based on Coogan’s UK TV personality, Alan Partridge. Elaine Constantine is directing Northern Soul which will be produced by Debbie Gray. Elliot James Langridge, Josh Whitehouse, James Lance, Christian Mckay, Roisin Murphy and singer Lisa Stansfield also star. The Little Film Company is handling sales in Cannes with shooting to start in June.
Fortissimo has boarded Deep Blue Sea director Terence Davies’ Sunset Song which will star Peter Mullan and Agyness Deyn. The film is based on the Lewis Grassic Gibbon novel about a young woman trying to keep her family together as the first World War looms. Bob Last’s Holdings Ecosse Ltd developed the project with Davies. It’s set to go into production towards the end of the year and will be produced by Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter of Hurricane Films with Last executive producing.