'My Week with Marilyn' Director to Adapt 'The Buccaneers' Novel Next
After directing tons of made for television films, mini-series, and various TV episodes, British director Simon Curtis made an extremely impressive leap to the big screen with his first feature, My Week with Marilyn, earning a Golden Globe nomination and Oscar nominations for its two stars. Not too shabby. THR is reporting that Curtis is in talks to direct The Buccaneers, and before you get excited, no - this isn't a pirate adventure set on the high seas. It's based on Edith Wharton's final novel and centers on a group of high society American women who head overseas to England after being unlucky in love in New York City.
Wharton wrote the original novel back in 1937 but it was unfinished when she died, so scholar Marion Mainwaring finished it in the early 1990s. The book has already been adapted for the small screen by the BBC, but Heidi Thomas, another TV writer, has written a new script for this most recent version of the tale. Curtis also has the romantic drama Click to Connect in the works, an anthology film that explores online dating through a bunch of different age groups. That one has a lot of potential to actually be a pretty great look at modern relationships and rise above the typical romcom genre tropes, so we'll see which of these two projects Curtis gets cracking on first. Thoughts?