EXCLUSIVE: British actor set to star in prison-based comedy-drama.

Revered British actor Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) is set to star in new British prison-based comedy-dramaThe Special One, being pre-sold by Odin’s Eye at the EFM.

Spall will be reunited on the project with director Stephen Cookson. The duo worked together on 2011 Christmas feature, My Angel.

In The Special One, Spall is to play an eccentric prisoner who is obsessed by the performance of the English football team in the World Cup. After tracking down a mysterious and powerful  fellow inmate, he is presented with a chance of escaping - and watching England in the final. But there is a sting in the tail.

The project is in the final stages of financing. It is scripted by Falcon Fields and will be executive produced by Peter Keegan. Delivery is due for the summer of 2015.

Australian sales outfit Odin’s Eye has also taken on sales duties on thriller Into The Deep. Written, produced and directed by Gerald Rascionato, the film stars Megan Peta Hill and Joel Hogan.

It is the story of three college students who head Down Under to do some Great White Shark watching. A freak wave capsizes their shark cage diving boat, leaving them fighting for and against each other in the world’s most dangerous shark infested waters. The film is in post-production.

The film is also handling new martial arts doc The Real Miyagi, which tells the story of the legendary Japanese karate master, Fumio Demura. Participants in the doc include action stars (and Demura  admirers) Steven Seagal and Dolph Lundgren.