In a non-surprising move Joe Wright, the man who brought you Pride and Prejudice and Atonement wants to direct another European piece. According to Variety, Wright has signed on to direct Indian Summer. The film will be based on the novel of the same name written by Alex von Tunzelmann. The story focuses on “the last days of Britain’s colonial rule in India and the symbolic end of Blighty’s status as a world superpower.” Sounds like a fitting project for Mr. Wright. Find out more on the adaptation after the jump.
The script for the film is being written by William Nicholson, the man who penned Gladiator and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Indian Summer will be produced by Working Title, and Universal Pictures will distribute. Here is a brief description of the movie’s plot for those who aren’t familiar with the book.
Pic will follow the fateful events as Britain’s Lord Mountbatten, with glamorous wife Edwina in tow, is sent to oversee the handover of power in the summer of 1947 to Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister.
According to FirstShowing, rumors had Oscar winner Cate Blanchett attached to star as Edwina, but with her recent casting in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood it’s looking bleak. Sources are claiming that the director hasn’t found the female lead, but is actively looking.
Wright’s reasoning for making this film hits close to home for the London-born director as he stated , ”After making ‘The Soloist’ in L.A., I was looking for something that was primarily about the British experience.” I see he is sticking to the familiar. The Robert Downey, Jr. drama The Soloist made me think he was backing away from these types of films. I guess I was wrong for assuming.
Are you looking forward to another period piece from Joe Wright, or do you wish he would try something new?