EXCLUSIVE: Bear Grylls’ manufacturing firm The Pure Studios, the JV with Banijay, has set Escape From Pretoria director Francis Annan to helm its first scripted film, a recent transforming of The Count Of Monte Cristo.
Annan is newly aboard to script and direct the movie, which shall be set in Afghanistan.
As beforehand introduced, the mission is being produced by Into The Wild With Bear Grylls producer Pure Studios and Pure Grass’s Ben Grass (Twist) and Christophe Charlier (Race). The earlier script got here from Tom Williams (Kajaki).
The film will deal with the friendship and bitter rivalry that develops between two particular forces troopers who’re despatched to struggle in Afghanistan.
Grylls, who was Emmy nominated this week for Working Wild With Bear Grylls, mentioned with producing associate Delbert Shoopman: “It’s improbable to welcome Francis to the workforce on this new journey. We have been enthralled by Escape From Pretoria, and cherished the nail-biting, palpable rigidity that Francis delivered to it, and we’re trying ahead to him making a complicated thriller with fashion, telling this traditional never-give-up story with coronary heart and soul.”
Ben Grass and Christophe Charlier added: “We’re actually thrilled to be working with Francis, and suppose his capability to make edge-of-your-seat thrillers with intrigue and scale make him an amazing match for this mission. We’re excited in regards to the journey forward.”
Brit filmmaker Annan just lately moved from UK company ARG to United Brokers. Amongst his tasks within the works are film 5 Streets One Summer season’s Day, a interval thriller based mostly on occasions that sparked the 1958 Notting Hill riots. It follows a beleaguered West Indian jazz musician who will get caught up within the riots seeking his mysteriously-disappeared Scandinavian spouse. Annan is producing with Michael Auret.
Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber starred in Annan’s 2020 thriller Escape From Pretoria, in regards to the real-life jail break of two political captives.