Thursday, 10 January 2013

'The King's Speech' Writer David Seidler Adapting Pushkin's 'Queen Of Spades'; Pavel Lungin To Direct

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Despite taking home the Academy Award last year for Best Original Screenplay, David Seidler's writing credits are nowhere near as impressive as you'd imagine for an Oscar-winning writer of his age. The oldest ever winner of the Original Screenplay Oscar had found himself mostly writing TV movies in recent years, and his most notable credit came back in 1988 with Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream." But winning such a big award for "The King's Speech" opens a lot of doors, and it makes sites like this one pay attention to what the writer's next project might be.

ScreenDaily reports that Seidler is working on an adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's "Queen of Spades" for the Russian Art Pictures Studio. "Queen of Spades" is a nineteenth century Russian short story of a man becomes obsessed with the tale of a woman who lost a fortune playing cards but won it all back with the secret of three winning cards. Cannes veteran Pavel Lungin ("Taxi Blues," "Luna Park," "The Wedding") is attached to direct the film, which will feature music from the Russian composer Tchaikovsky (who based an opera on the short story) and has an estimated budget of around 12 million euros.

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