THE KING’S SPEECH Producers Developing Rom-Com AMERICAN ENGLISH

     February 24, 2011

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The King’s Speech producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman are likely to take home Oscar statues on Sunday, and folks are naturally curious how you follow up an awards-season hit.  Apparently, you do it with a fairly lame-sounding rom-com.  According to THR, Ian Iqbal Rashid (Touch of Pink) will write and direct American English for the producers.  The film centers on a woman from New Jersey who moves to London, falls in love, and tries to hide the fact that she’s from New Jersey.  That needless charade becomes more difficult when her mother comes to visit.  American English is slated to shoot later this year.

Canning and Sherman are also producing the far-more respectable Shame through their London-based See-Saw Films.  Shame will reteam Hunger director Steve McQueen with star Michael Fassbender.  Fassbender will play a Manhattan office worker who is dealing with sex-addiction.  The film also stars Carey Mulligan and James Badge Dale.

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