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BBC Films Develops Music and Silence with Director Lone Scherfig

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 15, 2011 at 5:29AM

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.
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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."


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.