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

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 23, 2011 11:39 AM
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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.

'The King's Speech' Writer & Director Potentially Reteaming On 'The Lady Who Went Too Far'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2011 2:35 AM
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For all the success of "The King's Speech," there's been one behind-the-scenes story that's almost as heartwarming as King Bertie's: that of the film's screenwriter, David Seidler. A relative unknown, who hadn't racked up a major credit since he wrote "Tucker: The Man And His Dream" for Francis Ford Coppola thirty years ago, Seidler was a former stammerer himself, who finally started to write the script that he'd been planning for years after he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and looks likely to win an Oscar for the first time, at the age of 73, next weekend.

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