Ealing Studios has announced several production deals. The studio is developing an adaptation of Irwin Shaw's novel Nightwork with Dustin Hoffman attached to star.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, How to Train Your Dragon co-writer William Davies has signed on to pen the script based on Shaw's tale of a hotel security guard who discovers a dead woman with $100,000 lying around her room.
Ealing also has brought in Richard Warlow to pen a $30 million art world thriller named All That Glitters, which it hopes to have before cameras in 2011.
Thompson said the studio's plan for production is two-pronged: Bigger budget international commercial projects and smaller but glossy British tales with cross-border potential.
Peter Cattaneo is on board to direct What the Puck, based on the true story of Geoff Deane, who discovers his son's dyspraxia is helped by playing ice hockey. His team ends up being asked to compete at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Canada. Deane is writing the script.
Ealing also has sealed a deal with the British chart-topping group of Cornish locals Fisherman's Friends, to turn their lobsters-to-singing riches story into a movie. Piers Ashworth and Nick Moorcroft are writing the project.
Other highlights on the upcoming slate include the Emma Thompson-penned Effie, and St. Trinians 3, the third installment in the British school comedy.