Magazine article Screen International

Stephen Evans Moves Ahead with Princess Diana Biopic

Magazine article Screen International

Stephen Evans Moves Ahead with Princess Diana Biopic

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Renaissance also developing Seve Ballesteros biopic.

Renaissance Films' Stephen Evans has revealed further details about his planned $50 million biopic of Princess Diana.Evans has enlisted Ken Wharfe, Diana's former head of private security, and her former private secretary, Commander Patrick Jephson, to ensure the project's accuracy. A director is expected to be confirmed shortly and Evans is looking to cast a British actress in the role of Diana. Philip Kerr has written the screenplay."It's an amazing story," Evans told Screen. "What is quite clear is that her (Princess Diana's) life was an amazing life. She was a wagonload of monkeys but she was also an amazing, fascinating, ballsy woman."Evans was speaking on the eve of the UK premiere in London (on Tuesday night) of Christopher Menaul's First Night, Renaissance's new romantic comedy starring Richard E. Grant and Sarah Brightman. The film will then be released through Evans' Britannia Films on 50 screens later this month, with international sales handled by SC InternationalThe Princess Diana film will concentrate on the period of the troubled princess's life life leading up to her divorce from Prince Charles. Through the collaboration of characters like Wharfe and Jephson, Evans is promising a level of authenticity that other British films about the monarchy may have lacked."The people we are dealing with were the closest people to Diana," Evans said. He promised the film will stick closely to the facts. "Essentially, we don't stray from it (the truth). …

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