Mike Newell to Helm Adaptation of Timid Romance 'On Chesil Beach'
As of June of 2010, it sounded like director Sam Mendes might be at the helm of an adaptation of Ian McEwan's period drama On Chesil Beach with Carey Mulligan taking one of the lead roles. However, flash forward over a year later and ScreenDaily (via The Playlist) has word that Mona Lisa Smile and Love in the Time of Cholera director Mike Newell is now in talks to direct the film after he finishes work on his adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel Great Expectations. The film has been a difficult one to round up money for with Focus Features dropping it before Studio Canal came around to pick up the pieces.
The story is very provocative and sexual in nature as it follows a virginal newlywed couple in 1963 on the night of their honeymoon, ready to make their marriage official with a little help from the bedroom of their wedding suite. Both being virgins, the two are spectacularly nervous, with Edward holding of on masturbating in order to be fresh for the consummation of their marriage and Florence simply dreading the experience on every level. Of course, in this decade the two simply just can't confront their sexual frustrations and hesitations which leads to a huge argument after the deed has been done. Yeah, it sounds like a pretty intense and isolated relationship drama. As for the cast, it sounds like production has a clean slate, so Mulligan may no longer be involved. Stay tuned.