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08 July 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Well so long Tolkien and move over Shakespeare - there's a new talented British writer with work to be turned into films. His name is David Pearce, and he's already supplied the material for the in-production The Damned United, about Brian Clough. Now his series of four novels about the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, are to be adapted into a trilogy of films for both TV and cinemas.

The films tell the story of the hunt for the serial killer dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, who killed at least 13 women between 1975 and his capture in 1981. The story of these films, however, will include a look at the police corruption and perversion of justice that marred the hunt, leaving Sutcliffe free to kill.

In the new tradition of the upcoming Tintin movies, each story will be handled by a different director. Becoming Jane's Julian Jarrold will direct Nineteen Seventy Four; Man On Wire (which is out soon, and is very, very good)'s James Marsh will direct Nineteen Eighty; and Anand Tucker (Shopgirl) will direct the final instalment, Nineteen Eighty Three. The second book in the series, Nineteen Seventy Seven, is being folded into the other three films by Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas' Tony Grisoni.

The films will initially be shown on TV, but a cinema release is likely here afterwards, and they're to be sold to other countries for a cinema release from the start, so it counts as movie news, honest. That said, the films are budgeted at $10 million in total, or rather less than the hairdressing budget of M:i:II (probably) so don't expect a very starry cast.


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Peter Sutcliffe the musical!
looking forward to the release of the yorshire ripper boxset and assorted merchandise including one sheet posters, stick on beard and happy meal toy. More

Posted by KlausKinski at 16:45 on 08 July 2008 | Report This Post

At Last
Finally we will see a deluge of David Peace work on our screens.. The Red Riding books are fantastic but its a shame they miss out 1977. It will be interesting to see how these directors interpret the 70s setting . Now all we need is Stephen Frears to direct Peaces GB84 and the pattern will be complete. More

Posted by filmburner30 at 15:34 on 08 July 2008 | Report This Post

Nineteen Seventy Four
I read Nineteen Seventy Four a couple of months back -I can't see how the main protagonist carries over into the other books, so I think it's probably the more minor characters who come to the fore, which might explain why the second book is being folded into the other three for the adaptations. The book aims for James Ellroy in Yorkshire and doesn't quite pull it off (it tries a little too hard to imitate the verbal stylistics of Ellroy's array of 'Bad Men', although anyone would struggle to me More

Posted by dahlia79 at 13:03 on 08 July 2008 | Report This Post


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