London based director/producer Phil Hawkins has unveiled details of his new slate, which includes an adaptation of Wire In The Blood writer Val McDermid’s Killing The Shadows.
Following his third feature Being Sold, which won best film and best actor awards at the London Independent Film Festival, Hawkins is now developing a number of new projects including an adaptation of Val McDermid’s best selling novel Killing The Shadows, about a serial killer who preys on crime writers, blurring fact and fiction.
Hawkins has acquired the rights to the book, which he hopes to turn into a £8,-9m feature, or a TV drama. It has been adapted by Aiden Magrath.
Also on the slate is Manchester-set drama comedy Great Scott, about a working class teenage boy in 1985 who tries to escape his mundane life by trying to become Marty McFly from Back To the Future.
Written by Alex Child and Hiram Bleetman, the film is a co-production between Hawkins’ company Philm Company, Sonic Screenworks and Lip Sync, who have come onboard as an equity investor.
Hawkins describes the tone as “Billy Elliot meets Son Of Rambo” and is talking to established actors for the lead roles as well as looking at new young British talent for the £2-3m feature.
Another project in development is low budget psychological horror The Last Showing about a couple on a date at the cimema, who become trapped in a multiplex and become unwilling actors in a film-maker’s plot to create a real life horror using CCTV.
Hawkins set up the company in 2006 to make his first feature The Women Of Troy, which was sold globally as an educational video. He went on to make Butterfly Tattoo in 2009, before making Being Sold last year on a budget of £25,000 over two days. The film is now being distributed via i-tunes.