Fellowes plans Titanic drama on ITV
Published 21/03/2011 | 16:07
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is to create a TV epic about the demise of the Titanic to mark the centenary of the ship's sinking.
The ITV project will begin filming in spring and will be screened around the world next year.
Julian - who won an Oscar for his work on Gosford Park - will delve into the "unique perspectives" of the passengers on the unsinkable ship which was holed by an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912.
James Cameron's 1997 film about the ill-fated voyage - starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - imagined the lives of the ship's occupants and was one of the most successful movies of all time. It landed 11 Oscars including best director and best film.
ITV Studios confirmed today that it has given the go-head for the film - being made in Hungary - which will be screened as either two 90-minute films or four one-hour episodes in different countries.
ITV said the series would include "mystery and romantic plot lines and featuring fictional and historical characters".
Meanwhile, Julian is to give Agatha Christie some Downton Abbey magic, with a new film adaptation of Crooked House, to be directed by Nurse Betty's Neil Labute.
Julian told the Independent: "I love the period, I love Agatha Christie and I love the idea of reinventing it. It will be exciting to work with a really vivid, contemporary director - he's one of the originals around at the moment."
Crooked House is set in London in 1947 just after the Second World War, and tells the story of Charles Hayward whose fiancee Sophie refuses to marry him until the murder of her poisoned grandfather is solved.