It is our pleasure to announce to you the latest update, regarding the first film to be produced on our five-film slate. We will be starting with a movie adapted from the legendary Graham Greene, The Captain and The Enemy. The Captain and the Enemy was Greene’s final novel before his death in 1991. During and after his lifetime, Greene has routinely been hailed as one of the greatest British writers of the 20th Century and was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature.
For those of you that are not aware, adaptations of Greene’s novels have made for more than half a century’s worth of successful and highly acclaimed films, and below is just a small taster of his track record.
- Brighton Rock (1947): starring a young Richard Attenborough, this is probably the ultimate British noir. Hailed by the BFI as the #15 British film of all time; 100%-rated on Rotten Tomatoes
- The Fallen Idol (1948): directed by the legendary Carol Reed, who received a Best Directing Oscar nomination; nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay; BAFTA winner (Best British Film)
- The Third Man (1949): starring Orson Welles and once again directed by Carol Reed. Oscar-winner; 2 Oscar nominations; BAFTA for Best British Film; Cannes Grand Prix winner; BFI #1 British film of all time
- Our Man in Havana (1959): Carol Reed’s third Greene adaptation; Golden Globe-nominated; nominated by Directors Guild of America
- A Shocking Accident (1982): Oscar winner (Best Live Action Short)
- The End of the Affair (1999): 2 Oscar nominations, including Best Actress for Julianne Moore; 5 BAFTA nominations and one win (Best Director – Neil Jordan)
- The Quiet American (2002): Oscar-nominated for Best Actor (Michael Caine)
- Brighton Rock (2010): starring Sam Riley, John Hurt, Helen Mirren
This list presents only a few of the most celebrated out of the many successful Greene adaptations out there. As you can see, his work has consistently remained prominent, successful, and acclaimed for more than seventy years, with the popular recent version of Brighton Rock proving that that popularity is going nowhere.
In fact, Greene’s work has been brought to the screen so many times that, out of his twenty-six novels, only three remains which have never seen the big screen – many, like Brighton Rock, have been adapted multiple times – so it is obvious that this is a huge opportunity which we’re honoured to be a part of.
The Captain and the Enemy has already attracted a massive amount of industry attention, and we are now in the privileged position of closing a deal with an award winning director, when we speak I would be delighted to let you know who he is.
We have a brilliant screenplay in place by William Boyd (Chaplin – 3 Oscar Nominations – Robert Downey Jnr – Best Actor), and you may already have seen the incredible cast line-up in our Investor’s Memorandum. We also have a few more exciting surprises to announce to our investors over the next few weeks and months.