Academy members, take heed! Come 2012, it appears you already have your frontrunner for Best Picture. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mike Newell has signed on to direct the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel, Great Expectations, in 2012 -- the author's bicentennial year. Oscar-winners Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen will produce.
For those who only read the CliffsNotes for the book in high school and forgot what Great Expectations was about the day after they turned in that five-page essay they don't remember writing anyway, the story follows an orphan named Pip who ends up a young gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. It's widely considered to be one of Dickens' best works.
Back in 1948, David Lean directed an Oscar-winning black and white adaptation of the book, and that was followed by another remake in 1998 -- this time modernized, set in New York City, and not very good -- directed by Alfonso Cuaron, starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Robert De Niro.
So, classic novel? Check. Well-known director? Check. Academy Award-winning producers? Check. Yup. Bring on Oscar. He'll like this one.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter