Danny Boyle, winner of the Academy Award for Best Director, and Richard Curtis, writer of “Love, Actually,” are teaming together to direct and write an untitled Universal Pictures comedy.
There won’t be Any Spoilers, therefore the Plot is being kept Under Wraps.
Matt Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew will serve as producers, along with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. It will be co-produced by Curtis and Boyle. In this production, Nick Angel and Lee Brazier play the role of producers.
For Universal, the project will be managed by Executive VP of Production Erik Baiers.
According to a recent report by Variety, MGM is seriously considering Boyle to helm the next James Bond film, which will star Daniel Craig.
Deadline Hollywood corroborated the news, and also stated that Boyle and his writing partner, John Hodge, were working on a standalone Bond story, with MGM deciding whether or not to proceed with the film when the script was submitted.
Boyle and Curtis, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, Matt Wilkinson, and Bernie Bellew will produce the film, although at this time, we know very little about the premise.
Nick Angel and Lee Brazier served as executive producers, with Universal’s executive vice president of production, Erik Baiers, in charge.
In the UK, WME and Independent Talent Group represent Boyle, while United Agents and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown handle Curtis’s representation.
The plot is being kept under wraps for the time being, but with these actors and the likely feel-good content, it might be a blockbuster. Boyle is juggling this job with the James Bond screenplay he and John Hodge are writing, details of which were revealed by Deadline 10 days ago.
Production Company would be Working Together for the First Time
Boyle and the Universal-backed production company would be working together for the first time on a feature film, although Working Title and Curtis have a long history of success together, having worked together on films including Love Actually, the Bridget Jones franchise, and Bean.
Three Working Title films—Darkest Hour, Baby Driver, and Victoria & Abdul—received many Oscar nominations this year, capping off another successful awards season for the studio.
For the new FX crime series Trust, which Boyle created and directs, production has wrapped and the show is ready for broadcast. Meanwhile, this summer will see the release of the Mamma Mia sequel, again written by Curtis and released by Universal.
Famous for writing the likes of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” Curtis is a pillar of British literature. Recently, he has been involved with the upcoming Mamma Mia! All of this has happened before, and here we are again.
Boyle is an Oscar-winning director whose filmography includes Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire (for which he won the award for best director), and Steve Jobs.
Erik Baiers, Universal’s executive v.p. of production, will be in charge of the show. Boyle is represented by WME and Independent Talent Group in the United Kingdom. Currently, Curtis is working for United Agents and Gang Tyre.