Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment have begun production on the thriller "Children of Men," based upon P.D. James' best selling novel. Directed and co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y tu mama tambien), "Children of Men" stars Academy Award® nominee Clive Owen (Closer, Sin City), Academy Award® nominee Julianne Moore (The Hours, Far From Heaven), Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, The Quiet American), Charlie Hunnam (Nicholas Nickelby, Cold Mountain) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Kinky Boots, Four Brothers). The film is produced by Marc Abraham, Eric Newman (Spy Game, Dawn of the Dead); Hilary Shor & Tony Smith (Eye of the Beholder, "Beautopia"); and Iain Smith (Alexander, Cold Mountain). It is adapted for the screen by Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton ("Live from Baghdad") and David Arata (Brokedown Palace).
"Children of Men" envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence and warring nationalistic sects, "Children of Men" follows an unlikely champion of Earth's survival: Theo (Owen), a disillusioned ex-activist turned bureaucrat, who is forced to face his own demons and protect the planet's last remaining hope.
To bring "Children of Men" to the screen, the filmmakers have assembled a distinguished group of behind-the-scenes talent, including director of photography Emmauel Lubezki (Sleepy Hollow, Ali); production designers Geoffery Kirkland ("Mississippi Burning," Angela's Ashes) and Jim Clay (Love Actually, About a Boy); costume designer Jany Temime (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire); and hair and make-up designer Graham Johnstone ("Bridget Jones Diary," Spy Game).
"Children of Men" will film in the United Kingdom through the middle of January. Universal Pictures will release the film in North America on September 29, 2006.
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