Magazine article Screen International

'Great Pretender' on Studiocanal, Parkes+MacDonald Development Slate

Magazine article Screen International

'Great Pretender' on Studiocanal, Parkes+MacDonald Development Slate

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The slate includes Fallen Idol, a remake of the 1948 Carol Reed / Graham Greene crime noir, and airship disaster story Hindenburg.

The three are being developed in association with long-term Parkes+MacDonald Productions partner ImageNation Abu Dhabi. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce each title, with Parkes+MacDonald president of production Evan Hayes serving as executive producer.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel writer Parker (pictured) is adapting Great Pretender from Tempest's autobiography. Intellectual Property Group's Joel Gotler is on board as an executive producer.

The story takes place in the early 1960s when Tempest faked a UK tour of America's biggest soul acts like The Temptations to The Ronettes using ordinary people masquerading as the singers.

Patrick Radden Keefe is adapting Fallen Idol from Greene's short story The Basement Room, which will focus on a former Special Forces officer who forms a deep bond with the son of his wealthy employer. …

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