Magazine article Screen International

Paul Abbott Writing 19th Century Drama and 'Stonking' Feature for Sony

Magazine article Screen International

Paul Abbott Writing 19th Century Drama and 'Stonking' Feature for Sony

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EXCLUSIVE: Shameless creator developing Dickensian-style feature, Danny Boyle, David Yates interested; feature for Sony.

Shameless creator Paul Abbott is working across an increasingly busy slate of features, many of them to shoot in the US.

Speaking to Screen at MIPTV, Abbott said he has a loose agreement with Sony for a feature: "At the moment it's called 'A Film' by Paul Abbott and I can deliver whenever I like. It's going to be a stonking film."

Abbott wouldn't be drawn on plot details but with reference to Hit & Miss, his upcoming Sky Atlantic mini series (sold internationally by Fremantle) about a transsexual hitman starring Chloe Sevigny, he implied that it would have an edgy theme: "I was initially writing it for Laura Ziskin, so I now need to take my time writing it properly and then defend it to the hilt. You have to know where the main cake mix is before you move it around. …

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