Scott Free backing PIGEON ENGLISH, Jack Thorne writing

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 4th, 2011

After becoming one of the more sought after TV writer in the UK (with credits like Shameless, Skins ,and Coming Up to his name), writer Jack Thorne will be making his second feature film script for Ridley and Tony Scott.

Deadline is reporting that Thorne, who has made a splash with his script for the film SCOUTING BOOK FOR BOYS (as well as his TV movie, THE FADES), will be penning an adaptation of the soon-to-be-released novel by Stephen Kelman, Pigeon English.

The film will be helmed by Skins director Adam Smith, and will be produced by Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free shingle.  Penned by Kelman, the novel follows “Harri, a 12-year-old Ghanaian boy, newly arrived in London who lives in a housing project with his mother and sister. When Harri and his friend Dean see police tape around a boy murdered on the estate, Harri decides to start a murder investigation of his own – putting his family into danger.”

While I’m not familiar with Thorne’s previous work, he is something of a hot commodity in the world of writing, and based on his previous credits, should do wonders with a premise like this.  No word as to when the film will star shooting, but as far as I’m concerned, this will be a film to look out for, as the marriage of writer and premise seems to be potentially quite fruitful.

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