Riley has now also lined up an upcoming teaming with Iain Softley ("Backbeat," "K-PAX") for an adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's classic historical novel "Ivanhoe," in which he'll play the titular character. Set in 12th century England, the story follows the exploits of Wilfred of Ivanhoe and his struggles in a country where the Saxon population are ruled by the Normans. The novel also features notable characters such as King Richard the Lionheart, Prince John and Robin Hood (known here as Locksley) and his merry men -- all of whom played key roles in Ridley Scott's recent "Robin Hood" and should provide solid supporting roles for actors in this film.
Backed by Berlin-based production shingle Egoli Tossell Film New GmbH (ETF) along with Morena Films, Softley has made the unusual decision to shoot in 65mm perhaps hoping to emulate the look of yesteryear's period epics. It'll be the helmer's first theatrical feature since 2008's family-adventurer "Inkheart," and the project has John Brownlow ("Sylvia") and James Jacks on writing duties. [ScreenDaily]