Dogme 95 co-founder Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) is in talks to direct an adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd. David Nicholls (One Day) to adapt the screenplay about the three suitors of Bathsheba Everdene: “Gabriel Oak, a shepherd; Sergeant Troy, a handsome soldier; and William Boldwood, a farm owner.” Nicholls adapted another Hardy work, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, as a four-hour miniseries for the BBC in 2008.
DNA Films is producing in conjunction with Fox Searchlight with BBC Films. The Wrap hears the producers want Carey Mulligan to play Bathsheba. When John Schlesinger adapted Far from the Madding Crowd in 1967, Julie Christie took the lead role. I think you can trace a direct line from Christie to Mulligan in the annals of acting, so I’d like to see Mulligan say yes. Hit the jump for the book synopsis.
The first international trailer has debuted for Mike Newell’s Great Expectations. The adaptation of Charles Dickens’ literary classic will make its world premiere at TIFF this September, but the trailer gives quite an extensive look at the film. Great Expectations stars Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch, as well as Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as Pip, Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) as Estella, with Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter), Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class), and Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky). Hit the jump to watch the new international trailer.
More than a tale of two people taking too long to realize they should be in a romantic relationship, Lone Scherfig’s One Day mostly succeeds as a story about the ups and downs of a close friendship over the course of twenty years. I imagine most people have had this kind of relationship, where two people grow closer, grow apart, and change drastically over the, but One Day does a solid job of hitting the emotions associated with that experience. But the film can’t manage the actual love story as leads Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess never find the intimate chemistry that’s so crucial to the film.
Focus Features has released the first images from director Cary Fukunaga’s (Sin Nombre) Jane Eyre and Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) One Day. Jane Eyre is based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel and it stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Holliday Grainger, Sally Hawkins, Tamzin Merchant, Imogen Poots, and Judi Dench. One Day is adapted from the internationally praised bestselling novel by David Nicholls and it stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as two people who meet on the night of their college graduation (July 15th, 1988). “For the next two decades, every July 15th reveals to us how [they] are faring, as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing of the years.”
Hit the jump for the images and the full synopses.