Production Intelligence highlights - Part II
With the help of PI, we take a look at some of the UK-based, high-profile projects that set up shop in the UK in 2019, most of which were exclusive news breaks for PI subscribers.
Will Ferrell’s take on the Eurovision Song Contest is currently filming in the UK and Iceland, but was confirmed on PI in April. The film stars Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens and Pierce Brosnan. David Dobkin directs.
The next big exclusive for PI subscribers was that spy thriller 355 was set to film in the UK. The starry film features a cast including Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Lupita Nyong'o and Diane Kruger.
Millie Bobby Brown stars in and produces Enola Holmes, in which she plays the younger sister of Sherlock who becomes a private detective herself. British director Harry Bradbeer is at the helm of the Legendary Entertainment feature.
A Benedict Cumberbatch film is always big news, and in July Production Intelligence was the first to publish the details of Louis Wain, a new film starring the Sherlock actor as the titular Victorian painter, best known for his portraits of cats. Claire Foy co-stars in the feature that is directed by Will Sharpe.
Tom Hardy is currently preparing to reprise his role of investigative journalist Eddie Brock, aka Venom, in the sequel to the 2018 feature.
Michelle Williams co-stars in the film that is due to shoot in the UK later this year, as PI subscribers were the first to hear in August.
Renowned playwright, screenwriter, producer and director David Hare makes a return to television with Roadkill, a new political thriller for BBC One set to star Hugh Laurie.
PI detailed the project days before the official confirmation, including the shoot dates and key production hires.
Venom image: Frank Masi - © 2018 CTMG, Inc/Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Louis Wain image: StudioCanal.
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Sheridan Smith has lined up her next ITV drama, No Return, from Red Production Company.
Channel 5 has announced figures showing a hefty increase in regional spend in 2019, exceeding its Ofcom target quota.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anne Hathaway have begun filming Doug Liman’s heist drama Lockdown in London.
ITV crime drama Professor T has begun filming on location in Cambridge and Belgium
Filming is underway in Brighton on ITV’s Grace, starring John Simm.