Following up An Education and the upcoming romantic adaptation One Day, starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (Focus, August 19), director Lone Scherfig is developing another book, Music and Silence, with BBC Films.
Big Bad Wolf Productions' Dan Lupovitz (Hunky Dory, Death Defying Acts) started to develop the Whitbread Award-winning Rose Tremain novel--about upstairs/downstairs romantic intrigue in a Medieval Danish court--with Scherfig during post-production on An Education. They and British producing partner, Alexandra Stone (Young Adam, Kidulthood) brought the package to the BBC, and hired playwright/screenwriter Martin Sherman (Bent, Mrs. Henderson Presents) to adapt the book.
One of the most popular of the prolific Tremain's novels, Music and Silence is set in the 17-century court of Danish King Christian IV at a time when the King is struggling to save his kingdom as well as his marriage. Meanwhile, two young servants, one a musician pledged to the King, and the other to his hedonistic, unfaithful wife, fall deeply in love just as the king threatens to throw his wife out on her ear. "It's exhilarating," says Lupovitz. "It's wicked Dangerous Liaisons intrigue paired with a Romeo and Juliet romance, dissolving love vs. blossoming love."
The film is set to shoot in early 2012 for release in 2013.
"This is a unique project," states BBC FIlms' Christine Langan. "Rose's book is symphonic in it's range of emotions, sexy, funny and passionate. It's a treat to be working again with the exquisitely talented Lone Scherfig and Martin Sherman."