Jeremy Brock, who adapted FilmFour and Ecosse Films' World War 2 romantic adventure Charlotte Gray, is to turn his hand to the English Civil War.
The as-yet-untitled project is an epic love story which will re-unite with Brock and Ecosse. Along with the $25m Charlotte Gray, which was adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks, Brock and the UK production outfit collaborated on the Oscar-nominated Mrs Brown.
London-based Ecosse has also appointed Ginnie Atkinson, managing director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, as a consultant producer with a remit to establish an active Scottish presence. Atkinson, who continues at the festival, also holds the screen rights to the classic Scots novel Sunset Song, which director Terence Davies is currently adapting. Bob Last will produce and the project remains separate from her new arrangement with Ecosse.
"Basically, I am their man in Havana," Atkinson said. "They want a presence in Scotland and it will be my job to identify individuals and projects worth bringing to their attention, nurturing those and producing."
Ecosse has also hired Ronan Bennett, writer of FilmFour's upcoming Peter Cattaneo title Lucky Break, to also write Charlie, about the 1745 campaign by Bonnie Prince Charlie. Jude Law is understood to be playing the Bonnie Prince.
Also on Ecosse's development roster is Henry & Anne, the story of the infamous marriage between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn which Iain Softley is to direct. Ecosse is developing two contemporary projects to shoot in America: Helen's Boy is a romantic comedy written by Michael Chaplin and to star Judi Dench, while Stickshaker is a thriller about an aeroplane terrorist written by novelist Philip Kerr.