Berlin Film Festival News Round-Up

11 February 2013

All Monday's stories


Sturgess takes The Lion's Share

Jim Sturgess has been cast as an aspiring hack who travels to Somalia to interview a notorious pirate in the thriller The Lion's Share.

Director Nathan Morlando is set to start shooting in South Africa and Kenya later this year with Djimon Hounsou slated to take the part of the pirate.

Debbie Belly

British comedy writer and director Debbie Isitt - the film-maker critics love to hate - is to follow up Nativity: Danger in the Manger with the comedy Belly Dancing For Beginners.

The romantic comedy is set to star Sheridan Smith as a singleton persuaded by her mother to go on a mystery holiday to Turkey after she splits with her cheating boyfriend on the eve of their marriage.

Dead Snow 2 Forecast

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters director Tommy Wirkola is returning to his native Norway to make a sequel to the Nazi zombie horror Dead Snow.

Dead Snow DIDead Snow: War of the Dead will follow the fate of a sole survivor of the original SS attack,  which was memorable for using a length of human intestine as a climbing rope.

"We have a script that I'm super excised about," said Wirkola, who also directed the original. "It's going to be bigger, scarier, funnier, more action-filled and gorier than the previous one."


Spall in the frame for Turner biopic

Timothy Spall is in the frame to play renowned British landscape artist JMW Turner in director Mike Leigh's upcoming biopic.

Spall, who has appeared in the previous Leigh Gilbert & Sullivan biopic Topsy-Turvy, can next be seen in the comedy Love Punch with Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan.

"Turner as a character is compelling," said Leigh. "I want to explore the man, his working life, his relationships any now he lived.

But what fascinates memory is the drama that lies in the tension between this driven eccentric and the epic, timeless world he evoked in his masterpieces."