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Having received attention for his 2015 Oscar-nominated Best Picture Brooklyn, filmmaker John Crowley has lined up his next project to direct a movie based on Bernard MacLaverty’s novel MIDWINTER BREAK, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Film4 Productions has picked up the rights to the book, which was just published by W.W. Norton & Company, with MacLaverty planning to adapt it into a screenplay himself.
The film will be produced by Guy Heeley and Shoebox Films, but Crowley first has to finish his movie based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning novel The Goldfinch, adapted by Peter Straughan, which will be released by Warner Bros.
Midwinter Break tells the story of Gerry and Stella Gilmore, a retired couple who fly from their home in Scotland to Amsterdam for a long weekend during midwinter break to do some sightseeing and take stock on their lives, but it will instead reveal deep uncertainties that exist between them as memories of troubled times from their past in Ireland resurface.
MacLaverty has written four other novels including the Booker Prize shortlisted Grace Notes, which won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award.
Before directing Brooklyn, Crowley was a respected Irish theater director who helmed the thriller Closed Circuit, the drama Is Anybody There? with Michael Caine, Boy A with a young Andrew Garfield and Intermission with Colin Farrell. Crowley also directed two episodes of the first season of True Detective.
Before becoming a producer, Heeley was the First AD on a number of prestigious British films including Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice and the Oscar winner The King’s Speech. Recent productions include Steven Knight’s Locke with Tom Hardy and Knight’s upcoming thriller Serenity. He’s also produced Dominic Savage’s The Escape, starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper.
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Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor