Magazine article Screen International

Coriolanus Producer Cranks Up Ferrari Film with Senna Writer

Magazine article Screen International

Coriolanus Producer Cranks Up Ferrari Film with Senna Writer

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Julia Taylor-Stanley's slate also includes an adaptation of Henry James' The Ambassadors.

Coriolanus producer Julia Taylor Stanley of UK-based Artemis Films is working with Senna writer Manish Pandey to develop a $60m drama about the Ferrari racing team.

"Nobody can write about Formula 1 like Manish can," the producer says. "His knowledge is second to none so we're very excited about the project. We're already talking to an A-list director and have some financing committed, so it 's all happening very fast."

It will be a UK-Italy co-production shooting in both countries.

It will concentrate on famed drivers Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins and the racing brand's history in the late 1950s and early 1960s. "It was a very tragic period in Ferrari's history, and there is also a love triangle within the story."

Her slate also includes an adaptation of Henry James' The Ambassadors (with French producer Philippe Carcassonne). That $25m project "has to be opulent," she notes, and will have an A-list cast and director. Janet Dulin Jones is adapting.

She is also producing, with Potboiler's Gail Egan and Trademark's David Parfitt, The Barretts, a biopic of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. That one, which could shoot in the UK in spring 2012, is budgeted at about $10-$12m, and is out to directors now. Prescience is on board for financing. "She was one fo the most famous writers of her day but she was virtually imprisoned by her father," Taylor-Stanley says of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. …

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