Given the eye-catching success of The Theory of Everything both among audiences and critics — not to mention the film’s five Academy Award nominations — it was only a matter of time before the creative team behind the drama reunited for another project. And said project has turned out to be the Winston Churchill epic, Darkest Hour, which will be pushed into production come 2016.
News comes by way of Deadline, who report that studio Working Title, The Theory of Everything scribe Anthony McCarten along with Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will re-team for the historic drama, set during one of the most formative years in Churchill’s life during the 40s. Set against World War II at its most ferocious, the film will chart the former Prime Minister’s stand against Adolf Hitler, who wanted to subjugate the entiriety of the United Kingdom and turn it into a member of the all-powerful Third Reich.
According to the official statement, writer-producer McCarten claimed that Darkest Hour would shine light on a side of Churchill that is yet to be seen on the silver screen.
“We aim to present a Churchill you haven’t seen before, a new portrait that shows all his famous strengths but also adds new dimensions, such as the grave doubts he privately harbored, the dark moods that would seize him unexpectedly and his fear of failure, a driving force that is often is left out of any discussion of the man,” McCarten said. “It is enormously exciting to be embarking on another project with Lisa Bruce and the Working Title team.”
With Darkest Hour now formalized and pegged for a 2016 start date, it’s still some time before we see the Winston Churchill-centric drama come to fruition. Still, you can let us know your own early thoughts about the project in the comments below.