'Johnny English Reborn' Director Getting Serious with WWII 'Dunkirk'
by Ethan Anderton
February 14, 2013
After bringing back the bumbling British spy to the big screen in Johnny English Reborn (the character was more popular in the UK), director Oliver Parker is getting back to period drama. With films like Dorian Gray in his past as well, Deadline reports Parker is heading to World War II with Dunkirk, a film based on the battle of the same name. As part of the Battle of France, the story takes place during the defense, evacuation and rescue of 200,000 British troops and 140,000 French troops as the Germans advanced. What makes this all the morning interesting is the civilians who used small boats to carry all the troops across the English Channel in this battle that is said to be one of the turning points in the war. More below!
Deadline says the script comes from an unlikely source as Gavin Scott, the man behind family films like Small Soldiers and The Borrowers (along with "The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones"), and he brought it to Parker. Scott also has a hand in writing Absolutely Anything, a film with Monty Python troupe member Terry Jones and 'The Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver. This sounds like the kind of project that has the ability to surprise audiences and critics alike, especially considering the writer and director behind it have never really tackled anything like this before. Plus, this event in history sounds particularly interesting.