Plans for a cinematic version of Annie Barros and Mary Ann Shaffer's book The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society first surfaced back in 2011, with Kenneth Branagh (Cinderella) attached to direct. It has been through a couple of versions since then, but now news arrives via Deadline that Mike Newell (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire) in the director's chair and with Lily James (Cinderella) set to star.
Adapted by writer and director Don Roos (The Opposite Of Sex) from the 2009 tome with a more recent draft by Tom Bezucha (The Family Stone), the film will see James play writer Juliet Ashton, who wrote magazine columns during World War II. In the aftermath of the conflict, she is contacted by Channel Islander Dawsey Adams, who tells her the intriguing tale of the book society formed to help undercut the Nazi presence on Guernsey. Ashton decides to investigate, and romance blossoms...
"The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society has been a project of tremendous passion for us, and we are thrilled to be bringing it to screen with filmmaker Mike Newell attached and Lily James, our consummate Juliet," says producer Paula Mazur. She will work on the film with partner Mitchell Kaplan (Delirium) plus Blueprint Pictures' Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin (In Bruges).
With StudioCanal financing and distributing here and in a few other countries, the cameras should be rolling next spring. James will next be seen in Edgar Wright's (The World's End) Baby Driver, which arrives in cinemas 17 March, and currently at work on Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour.