Christoph Waltz is to steer Stephen Frears and Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Billy Wilder & Me. 

The No Time to Die and Inglorious Basterds star will play Wilder within the half coming-of-age story, half true-to-life portrait of the Hollywood icon, which is tailored from a e-book by Jonathan Coe. In the summer time of 1977, an harmless younger girl begins working for famed director Billy Wilder and his screenwriter Iz Diamond on a Greek island in the course of the filming of Fedora. When she follows Wilder to Germany to proceed the shoot, she finds herself becoming a member of him on a journey of reminiscence into the guts of his household historical past.

The movie sees Frears and two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter Hampton reunited for his or her third collaboration after Dangerous Liaisons and Cheri.

Production will begin in Greece, Munich and Paris, with casting of additional principal roles coming shortly.

Waltz stated: “Christoph Waltz stated: “Billy Wilder stated “You should have a dream so you possibly can rise up within the morning“. A Stephen Frears film from a Christopher Hampton script produced by Jeremy Thomas ought to do the trick for me.”

Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company is producing, with Reinhard Brundig and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos producing alongside Thomas. They beforehand partnered with Thomas on Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, whereas Thomas’ final movie, Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO, gained the Jury Prize at this 12 months’s Cannes Film Festival.

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