Magazine article Screen International

Andrew Adamson to Direct Hugh Laurie in Mr Pip

Magazine article Screen International

Andrew Adamson to Direct Hugh Laurie in Mr Pip

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The creative force behind the Shrek and Chronicles Of Narnia franchises will direct his first indie feature based on the bestseller by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones.

Focus Features International has bulked up a prestige slate that already includes Cloud Atlas and will handle international sales. Transmission Films and Paramount will distribute in New Zealand and Australia, while UTA's independent film group represents North American rights.

Production is set to begin next month in New Zealand and on the tiny island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, where the story takes place. Mister Pip tells of the last white man on the strife-torn island who reopens a school and inspires a 14-year-old girl with a reading of Great Expectations. Laurie will be familiar to millions as the lead in the small-screen smash House. …

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