Director Mike Newell is in advanced talks to direct a new adaptation of Great Expectations, written by David Nicholls.
He has previously talked about plans to direct a story about the Litvinenko case, but it is expected that if all goes ahead as planned, Great Expectations will be his next project.
On his blog in late 2009, Nicholls wrote: “I’m also revisiting another script that I’ve been working on, a new film adaptation of one of my favourite books, Great Expectations. This, again, has been a real pleasure. Needless to say David Lean’s classic version casts a long shadow, but I’m confident that we’ve come up with a new take on the wonderful material, something that feels fresh and new while still being largely faithful to the book.”
Newell’s last film was big-budget epic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for Disney.