LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Shekhar Kapur, the
director behind the "Elizabeth" films starring Cate Blanchett,
has signed on to make the period fantasy "Larklight."
The Warner Bros. project, based on the 2006 book by Philip
Reeve, is set in an alternate Victorian-era universe where
mankind has been exploring the solar system since the time of
Isaac Newton. It revolves around a brother and sister who team
up with a band of renegade space pirates to save the world from
destruction at the hands of a madman.
"It's a $200 million project, probably the most expensive
film I've made and will ever make," Kapur told the Indo-Asian
News Service during the weekend.
Kapur is working with writer Steven Knight ("Eastern
Promises") to adapt Reeve's novel.
Last week, Kapur signed on to take over the director's
chair for the late Anthony Minghella for his segment of the
shorts ensemble "New York, I Love You."