With news earlier this weekthat
The good news is lead by NewLine starting its His Dark Materialstrilogy in the
Other big productions slatedfor 2006 include Matthew Vaughn's $88.5m (£50m) epic fantasy Stardust at Pinewood Studios and DavidYates' fifth instalment of Harry Potterfor Warner Bros, starting in February with a budget that could top $150m.
Other key titles set to shootin the UK in 2006 include Miss Potter,the $30m Beatrix Potter biopic starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor; TimBurton's Ripley's Believe It Or Notstarring Jim Carrey (poised for an autumn shoot for Paramount); Sony's Holiday starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz (which will come to the UK afterits US shoot); and Kenneth Branagh's $27m The Magic Flute shooting for 11 weeks atShepperton on six soundstages.
Other projects that couldalso come to the
Of the major
BBC Films and FilmFour both have several projects set to go in 2006. BBCFilms has The Other Boleyn Girl withSony and Focus and Alison Owen's Ruby Films. Among Owen's other films, the long-gestating Tulip Fever is at the revised screenplay stage and might not getunder way in 2006. Yet Sarah Gavron's Brick Lane (with FilmFour)will indeed start shooting in
The year is already off to astrong start as Alfonso Cuaron continues his thrillerThe Children OfMen for Universal until February. Penelope,starring Christina Ricci and Reese Witherspoon, is to start soon as isLondon-set thriller Viewfinder,starring Sophie Okonedo. Roger Michell'sVenus continues its shoot in
Richard Attenborough plansto shoot part of his epic Closing The Ring at
In Scotland, Richard Jobsonwill shoot The New Town Killers, Ewan McGregor will star in 1930s-set The Great Pretender, Jim Gillespie will remake Whiskey Galore, and David Mackenzie will direct Hallam Foe for FilmFour.Also, Death Defying Acts will splitits shoot between
Other notable indie projects include several from Film & MusicEntertainment, including the $15m Fake!by Michael Kalesniko andBruce Beresford's $9m Fever, to beshot partially in the
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