Ben Kingsley’s SBK announces slate
U.K.-based production co. readies six projects
Ben Kingsley’s fledgling U.K.-based production shingle SBK Pictures is ramping up its slate, putting five films and one made-for-TV miniseries into development.
Kingsley is attached to star in several of the projects, including the WWI drama “Jutland 1916,” based on the book by Peter Hart about the epic naval battle. Kingsley has committed to star as Admiral John Jellicoe. Nick Willing, who directed Kingsley in the 1999 NBC TV movie “Alice in Wonderland,” will adapt the screenplay.Kingsley, who recently attended the Abu Dhabi confab to raise coin for the slate, is also moving forward with the romantic fantasy “Duncan,” written by Barton Randall. Story centers on a woman who reconnects with her childhood toy, an elephant. Kingsley will voice the elephant.
Emily Mortimer is in talks to star in “Cousin Bazilio,” a six-part miniseries set in Lisbon circa 1870 and written by Powell Jones and Zadoque Lopes. Willing will direct the pic, which Kingsley will produce.
These are the other three projects being developed for the bigscreen:
n ”Whispers Like Thunder,” written by Fuller “Trip” Brooks and Luis Moro, which chronicles the true story of three Native American sisters who fought a 65-year legal battle against the U.S. government to protect the Wyandot Indian sacred burial ground in Kansas. Kingsley will play Charles Curtis, the only part-Native American to serve as vice president of the U.S. Film will be co-produced with Luis Moro Prods.
n ”Quixote,” which focuses on the relationship between author Miguel de Cervantes and his creation, Don Quixote. Rusty Lemorande wrote the screenplay.
n ”I Know a Place,” a British comedy written by Randall, who also will direct.
SBK Pictures was formed in 2007 by Kingsley and his producing partners Simone Sheffield and Valerie Hoffman. The shingle also is producing “Will,” based on Christopher Rush’s novel of the same name, which depicts the deathbed meeting between William Shakespeare and his lawyer to hash out his last will and testament. Charles Wood is penning the screenplay.
Aside from SBK, Kingsley has several films in the can, including Martin Scorsese’s period drama “Shutter Island.”
Filmmakers Luis Moro Productions
Whispers Like Thunder
The true story of three Native American sisters who fought the government with guns, axes and the law to protect their ancestors burial grounds.The Conley sisters gave punches, swung axes, fired guns, and used the law to fight off U.S. troops, police, construction workers, mob thugs, corrupt business men and crooked politicians for several decades to defend their Native American sacred burial ground.
Their Native American fight for honor and respect of the law continues today.
WHISPERS LIKE THUNDER
a film by
In association with
Luis Moro Productions
Sir Ben Kingsley
Wyandot Nation of Kansas
Janith K. English
1902 graduation from Kansas City College of Law. Since no man would represent the sisters against the U.S. Government, Lyda took it upon herself to prepare for legal action by mastering the law to defend the burial grounds.
While Lyda fought her battle in the courts, her sister Helena, guarded the fort because of the intrusions. Helena wired the cemetery gates together and put up a sign:
“You Trespass at Your Own Peril.”
The sisters took up their vigil over the graves after learning the land was about to be sold. They built a 6 x 8 foot frame structure and placed a fence of iron spikes around it. Helena stood armed with their father’s double barreled shotgun, an axe and the American Flag. She used them without fear. Instantly, their new home became known as “Fort Conley.”
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