Ealing Studios From Strength to Strength
A raft of new productions planned
Ealing Studios has announced several high-profile new projects including a £24m Dustin Hoffman film, Nightwork.
Based on Irwin Shaw’s novel, it's described as a light-hearted caper thriller set around Europe.
The studio is also developing a big budget thriller 'All That Glitters' scripted by Richard Warlow. This is billed as Ealing’s homage to John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon.
Meanwhile, Ealing is also preparing for a third St Trinian’s film, which will shoot either at the end of this year or in early 2011.
Ealing boss Barnaby Thompson said:
“We’re interested in finding bigger, glossier movies.
''What we are finding is that those old New Line distributors and others are desperate for those bigger movies. They all need films that they think they can mass market.''
Ealing will also be reviving the Doctor In The House franchise. Thompson confirmed that it is remaking the 1954 Rank Organisation comedy classic which transformed Dirk Bogarde into a major star. If the film proves successful, further Doctor films are expected to follow.
If that's not enough, the prolific UK studio is also developing Fishermen’s Friends, a film about a group of Cornish fishermen who enjoyed unlikely chart success singing sea shanties. Thompson has described this project as “a male Calendar Girls.''
May 19, 2010