Even without the defense of his fellow English writer, Brideshead gets its share of attention. It was made into a television miniseries in 1981, and director Julian Jarrold is now trying to get a big-screen version off the ground. The project, which has been in development for years, is set to start shooting this spring, although the cast has not yet been confirmed. (Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly were previously attached.) Although Jarrold is best known for his recent film, Kinky Boots, he's no stranger to literary adaptations. For television, he's directed classics ranging from Charles Dickens' Great Expectations to Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.
The screenplay comes from Bridget Jones screenwriter Andrew Davies and Last King of Scotland scribe, Jeremy Brock, which bodes doubly well for the film. Brideshead tells the story of Charles Ryder. At Oxford, he strikes up a close friendship with Lord Sebastian Flyte and joins him on the family estate. There, he falls for Sebastian's sister while experiencing the collide of families, politics and religion. It'll be a particularly relevant film to today's society ... if things continue as planned.