Saturday, 6 December 2014

Steve McQueen finds Widows

There was a lot of talk last month about Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) settling on a film about activist Paul Robeson as his next project. Things have since changed, however, with news arriving via Screen International that he has instead decided to focus on turning a 1980s crime drama into a film.

McQueen has partnered with New Regency for the film, which he'll write and produce, adapting Lynda La Plante's 1983 miniseries Widows. The original series – two more followed in 1985 and then 2002 – starred Ann Mitchell, Maureen O'Farrell and Fiona Hendley in the story of three women who all lose their criminal husbands when the men die in the middle of robbing a security van that catches fire.

Together with Eva Mottley's Bella O'Reilly, they succeed in tracking down the cash for themselves. Until, that is, Mitchell's character discovers that her husband didn't actually die in the incident...

It seems like an odd film for the man who made 12 Years A Slave (2013), but then he's shown a willingness to tackle different subjects before and never wants to settle on a genre. The idea is for him to kick off pre-production on the film before the end of the year.

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