London-based production company Ecosse films is developing the screen adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ Cold War love story novel On Green Dolphin Street.
Set in Washington, New York and Moscow at the height of Russian dominance in the Cold War, the story centres around an English woman who is married to a British diplomat, but begins a love affair with an American journalist.
The film is due to shoot in Canada next year on a budget of under $20m. Ecosse is currently in talks with a US producer who they will work with on the project.
It is the second of Faulks’ novels to be adapted by Ecosse, following Charlotte Gray in 2001. The script is being written by Kevin Hood, who wrote the screenplay for another Ecosse project, Becoming Jane.
Shooting is also due to begin on two further Ecosse projects: Sheree Folkson’s Decoy Bride, starring David Tennant, Kelly Macdonald and Alice Eve, which is due to start shooting in Scotland in two weeks, and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights which will shoot in Yorkshire this summer and stars Skins actress Kaya Scodelario as Cathy. Her Heathcliff is yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile the company is currently in talks with various Australian directors for Treasure Island, which will shoot in Australia to benefit from the country’s 50% tax break.
Speaking to Screen at the Edinburgh International Film Festival Ecosse’s Douglas Rae said: “ We want to grow as an international company, given the world is becoming a much smaller place, there is every potential to make films all over the world.”
Rae is in town with fellow Ecosse producer Robert Bernstein, for the world premiere of Karl Golden’s Pelican Blood, which the company has produced. A dark love story set around the world of bird watching, the film stars Harry Treadaway and Emma Booth. It is eligible for the EIFF’s Michael Powell Award. International sales on the project are being handled by Icon.
“After our period films we wanted to do something very different, based on a cult novel, youth orienated, that was young and sexy” said Bernstein.
Ecosse’s past project include the 2007 feature of Brideshead Revisited, The Water Horse, Becoming Jane, and Nowhere Boy.