The Harry Potter producer David Barron is teaming up with Australian company Fork Films to develop a feature based around the fictional character Bulldog Drummond who appeared in the novels by Herman Cyril McNeile.
Harry Potter producer David Barron of Runaway Fridge Films is developing a big screen feature adaptation based around the British action hero Bulldog Drummond who appeared in the novels by Herman Cyril McNeile (under the pseudonym Sapper). The film will be based on a storyline by John Collee and Dennis Kleinman. Barron is currently looking for a screenwriter with plans to shoot late 2011.
The Bulldog Drummond stories followed Captain Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond, a former WW1 office who becomes a private detective.
“Before Bond, before Bourne there was Bulldog” said Barron. “He is a compellingly honest action hero, who will appeal to all those who love great adventure films, such as, Indiana Jones, Bourne and The Mummy, whilst the political turmoil and lawlessness of the post World War I setting will resonate with the challenges facing the world today.”
Drummond was first adapted for the screen in the silent era and became incredibly popular during the 1930s with actors including Ronald Coleman, John Howard and Ray Milland filling the lead role in Hollywood. In the UK, Ralph Richardson enjoyed a solitary outing as a fascist-inclined Drummond in infamous The Return of Bulldog Drummond, and John Lodge also appeared in perhaps the best entry to date; Bulldog Drummond at Bay. There were attempts to revive the character with Ron Randell in the 1940s, Walter Pidgeon in the 50s and Richard Johnson as a groovy Drummond in the Swinging Sixties.