Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot Union Rep Says Safety Was A Concern On 'The Revenant' Shoot All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More 'Top Of The Lake' Season 2 Starts Shooting This Year, Elisabeth Moss Returns 'Top Of The Lake' Season 2 Starts Shooting This Year, Elisabeth Moss Returns Watch: Trailer For Bret Easton Ellis’ Penned Teen Horror ‘The Curse of Downers Grove’ With Bella Heathcote Watch: Trailer For Bret Easton Ellis’ Penned Teen Horror ‘The Curse of Downers Grove’ With Bella Heathcote Watch: Video Essay Counts Down The 10 Most Beautiful Movies Of All Time Watch: Video Essay Counts Down The 10 Most Beautiful Movies Of All Time Watch: Bond Is Back In New Trailer For 'Spectre' With Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, And More Watch: Bond Is Back In New Trailer For 'Spectre' With Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, And More Alejandro González Iñárritu Still Has To Shoot The Finale Of 'The Revenant' Alejandro González Iñárritu Still Has To Shoot The Finale Of 'The Revenant' BBC's 100 Greatest American Films List Includes 'The Dark Knight,' 'Heaven's Gate,' 'Chinatown,' 'Tree Of Life,' And More BBC's 100 Greatest American Films List Includes 'The Dark Knight,' 'Heaven's Gate,' 'Chinatown,' 'Tree Of Life,' And More Ava DuVernay Says She Turned Down 'Black Panther' Because There Might've Been Too Much Compromise Ava DuVernay Says She Turned Down 'Black Panther' Because There Might've Been Too Much Compromise The 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Films Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season Stephen King Says Wendy In Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "One Of The Most Misogynistic Characters Ever Put On Film" Stephen King Says Wendy In Kubrick's 'The Shining' Is "One Of The Most Misogynistic Characters Ever Put On Film" All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie Martin Scorsese Names His 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time Martin Scorsese Names His 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time

'King's Speech' Oscar-Winner David Seidler To Pen WWII Pic 'Games Of 1940'

The Playlist By Catherine Scott | The Playlist March 23, 2011 at 11:39AM

After waiting to write the "The King's Speech" for almost 28 years, David Seidler was 73 years old when he won his statuette for the original screenplay. He granted the Queen Mother, the widow of King George VI, her wish that he not write the film while she was alive, as it would be too painful for her to see. Many thought Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker" would be his last credit, but patience is a virtue and he emerged on the other side with the biggest highlight of his career. And with an Oscar now under his belt, Seidler has lined up his next gig.
2


After waiting to write the "The King's Speech" for almost 28 years, David Seidler was 73 years old when he won his statuette for the original screenplay. He granted the Queen Mother, the widow of King George VI, her wish that he not write the film while she was alive, as it would be too painful for her to see. Many thought Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker" would be his last credit, but patience is a virtue and he emerged on the other side with the biggest highlight of his career. And with an Oscar now under his belt, Seidler has lined up his next gig.

Deadline reports that he'll take on "Games Of 1940" with fellow screenwriter Luca Manzi. Seidler and Manzi have worked together in the past and were inspired by the idea when they came across details of the event while visiting a Polish sports museum. 'Games' is based on a true story of a group of World War II POWs in a Nazi prison camp. When the 1940 Olympic games are canceled due to the war, these men decide to compete against each other on their own. They staged the games in the prison camps unbeknownst to the prison guards, risking their own well being.

So we suppose this means the potential re-team of Seidler and "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper on "The Lady Who Went Too Far" is on hold for now. But no matter. This inspirational tale seems firmly in the Seidler wheelhouse, and we're sure it's the kind of prestigious and ambitious fare that will find a studio home soon.

This article is related to: Films, Games Of 1940, David Seidler


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates