Love Actually Director Richard Curtis To Helm Sci-Fi Feature, About Time
Screenwriter Richard Curtis is best known for scribing such massively popular romantic-comedies as Bridget Jones's Diary, Notting Hill, and Love Actually. Yet lately Curtis has been seeking a change of pace, adapting the children's novel War Horse into a script worthy of Steven Spielberg's scope, and scribing an episode for the long-running and fan-adored BBC drama Doctor Who. Apparently the latter has given him a taste for time-traveling science fiction as THR has uncovered news that Curtis has penned his own time-travel tale, which he plans to direct.
The dramedy, which is cheekily titled About Time, will serve as Curtis's follow-up to his sophomore effort, the wry 2009 docudramedy Pirate Radio. Unfortunately, while Curtis's directorial debut, the holiday-themed ensemble rom-com Love Actually, was a rousing success at the box office, earning more than $246 million worldwide, Pirate Radio, also known as The Boat That Rocked, was an absolute financial flop, pulling in a paltry $36 million despite a star-studded cast that included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy and Kenneth Branagh. This explains why About Time is being touted as a low-budget affair by the film's production company, Working Title Films.
Still, low-budget does not translate to low-quality when it comes to Working Title. The company is responsible for such critically heralded features as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Senna, and Frost/Nixon. And considering Curtis's heralded skills with character crafting and dialogue, it's likely that a bevvy of stars will show an interest in appearing in even a smaller-budgeted Curtis production. Reports of which we're soon to hear since Working Title head Tim Bevan has revealed that the casting process has begun.
There's no word yet on the film's plot, but with Curtis's filmography in mind it seems likely this sci-fi tale will have an ensemble cast, rapid-fire banter and a dulcet hint of romance at the least.
About Time is slated to shoot in the summer of 2012.
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