Fresh off his work as screenwriter on Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, Richard Curtis is ready to get back into the director’s chair. Curtis will next direct a time-travel story called About Time. No plot details are known other than the fact that it involves time-travel and will be made on a fairly low budget, but Curtis wrote the script himself and is poised to make the picture his third directorial effort. His debut in the director’s chair came with the incredibly charming Love Actually in 2003, which was followed up by the criminally underseen 2009 pic Pirate Radio. Hit the jump for more.
I’m a big fan of both of Curtis’ directorial projects, so it’s with cautious optimism that I look forward to About Time. I wouldn’t exactly peg the writer-director of Love Actually as the top choice for a time-travel movie, but Pirate Radio was considerably different in tone from Love Actually so he seems to command a bit of versatility. THR reports that casting is already underway, and Curtis plans to direct the pic in the summer.
Curtis is also working on a script for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close director Stephen Daldry called Trash. Based on the novel of the same name by Andy Mulligan, Trash is “a contemporary thriller set in the third world, about three boys who scrape a living picking through rubbish mounds. One day they discover a leather bag, whose contents plunge them into a terrifying adventure, pitting their wits against corruption and authority to put right a terrible wrong.” Filming was previously eyed for 2012, but as Curtis is busy with About Time and he’s yet to finish the script I expect Trash will be pushed to next year.