BBC Films announced today it has set Morgan Matthews to direct Gypsy Boy. Based on the bestselling memoir by Mikey Walsh and adapted by James Graham, Gypsy Boy follows Mikey, born into a family famed for its boxing prowess. When he realises he is gay, he is faced with an impossible choice: to stay with a community that cannot accept him for who he is, or walk away from the only world he knows.
BBC Films have also come aboard Dominic Cooke’s On Chesil Beach, with Saoirse Ronan set to star in the adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel. Number 9 Films dynamos Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Wooley are producing.
BBC Films is also now aboard Breathe, the Andrew Garfield-Claire Foy starrer that Andy Serkis is directing, based on the true story of Robin (Garfield), a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed. William Nicholson (Gladiator) has written the script, which is generating buzz in the pre-sales market in Cannes. Jonathan Cavendish, Serkis’ partner in The Imaginarium Studios, is producing. Embankment is selling the film and co-repping domestic rights with CAA.
BBC Films has Ken Loach’s competition entry I, Daniel Blake in Cannes.
“We strive to discover, nurture and bring together the very best talent around; to keep developing a broad range of high quality films and give filmmakers the confidence and support they need to get fresh and original stories to audiences,” said BBC Films topper Christine Langan. “We’re entirely committed to the British film industry- our budgets may be modest but out ambitions aren’t.”