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Peter Jackson to remake the Dambusters

dambustersNew Zealand legend Peter Jackson is to produce a remake of DamBusters, based on a Royal Air Force bombing raid on a German dam in World War II, for Universal Pictures and StudioCanal.

The film is partly based on The Dam Busters, a book about the raid by Paul Brickhill, and the 1955 movie made by Associated British Picture Corp.

Christian Rivers, a New Zealander who has worked with Jackson for 17 years, will direct.

Filming of the $50 million project will start next year, the Dominion Post reported today. Jackson may produce Dambusters at his Wellington studio alongside Halo (based on the XBox Game), while Screen International reports parts of the film may be shot in the UK.


Ex-Python Michael Palin 'Exploring' Big Screen Comeback


He'll Explore 19thCentury Africa in "Water Music"

Michael Palin contemplating a new filmSheffield-born globetrotter Michael Palin is set to make a surprise big screen comeback ten years after his last film. Palin, 63, is in talks about a new movie with former Mony Python colleague Terry Gilliam. And his part in the film Water Music is one he should know pretty well - he'll be playing an explorer.


Ten UK Producers Heading to Nordic Co-Production Forum


European Film Funding Opportunities to be Explored

Haugesund, NorwayTen UK producers are headed for the first ever Nordic Co-production Forum, to be held in Haugesund from 21-22 August as part of the Norwegian International Film Festival. Chosen from almost 50 applications, the producers will meet potential Nordic co-producers to look at potential sources of funding. Co production could be with any of the  Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.

The first co- productions could be expected to get underway within the next 12 months


Richard Curtis Writing Bond No 22?


Industry Agog With 007 Rumours

New Zealand-born writer Richard CurtisThe latest James Bond film - 22 in the series -  to follow Casino Royale, has been officially announced by Eon Productions, set for a May 2008 release date. Daniel Craig is said to be playing his second 007.

Recently regular writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have scripted the films, including The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day and the first draft of Casino Royale. Paul Haggis is credited with having polished the script.

According to Variiety last week, tipped director Roger Michell dropped out due to creative differences with the producers.

Michell and Curtis both worked on Britcom Notting Hill (1999)


Elizabeth Taylor – Film’s New Jane Austen?

Hollywood Filmmakers Turn to a 20th Century English Novelist

Could writer Elizabeth Taylor be film's new Jane Austen?Francois Ozon directed "8 Women" and "Swimming Pool," so he knows a juicy woman's story when he sees one. Midway through the 1957 novel "Angel" by the late Elizabeth Taylor, he already could envision it as a movie.


Armando Iannucci Takes On Hollywood For Laughs


Scottish comedy genius Armando IannucciComedy producer Armando Iannucci plans to take on Hollywood in the comedy film business and has joined forces with BBC Films to do it. Iannucci, tha man behind TV projects like The Thick Of It and Alan Partridge, will head a special comedy lab to develop low-budget comedy ideas for feature films, working closely with BBC Films chief David Thompson.


Cannes Winner Loach To Put Gangmasters In The Frame

Just days after winning one of cinema's top prizes, controversial director Ken Loach is turning his attention to gangmasters for his next film, which will shoot in Scotland this autumn. Loach won the Palme d'Or last weekend at the Cannes Film Festival for The Wind that Shakes the Barley, a drama about the early days of the IRA which some critics have accused of being anti-British. He is lionised in Europe but expects his latest film to open in 10 times as many cinemas in France than in Britain. He said that British cinemas were "in the pockets" of the big American film companies.