British actor, filmmakerand novelist Stephen Fry is to join forces with leading Indian auteur Dev Benegal in making Ramanujan, a biopic about the "genius" Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The film isgearing up just as the UK-India co-production treaty is on the verge of beingsigned.
The idea is that Fry willdirect the Indian parts of the movie while Benegal,who previously directed English, August and Split Wide Open, will be calling the shots in the
The $20m project is beingmade through Sprout, the UK-based production company set up by Fry and producerGina Carter.
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Fry and Carter were in
"Apart from hisfascination with Ramanujan, I think he liked the ideathat we were going to shoot it as a co-production between
It is yet to be decidedwhether Fry (whose acting credits include
As ScreenDaily previously reported,
Fry and Carter formedSprout shortly after Fry's directorial debut, the Evelyn Waugh adaptation, Bright Young Things (2003). The companyhas various other projects in development, among them Raven (being scripted by Fry) and family drama The Winged Boy, to shoot in
Meanwhile, both partnersremain busy outside Spout. Carter is continuing to work with Andrew Eaton andMichael Winterbottom's Revolution on variousprojects, among them the Nick Hornby scripted Fast Forward.