Official Bedlam Productions/Takedown Pictures Press Release 30.09.11:
THE KING’S SPEECH PRODUCERS SECURE RIGHTS TO CLASSIC TALE OF RUGBY RIVALRY
Bedlam Productions, producers of the acclaimed feature film “The King’s Speech”, announced today their new project “The Grudge”. A dramatic telling of the infamous 1990 Five Nations Grand Slam rugby match between Scotland and England. The project is based on the 2010 book by the respected Irish sports journalist Tom English, and tells the story of one of the greatest grudge matches in the history of the sport.
Evan Leighton-Davis of Takedown Pictures introduced the project to Bedlam, and will act as Producer on the film alongside Simon Egan , who is also attached to direct, under the Bedlam banner.
Set against the backdrop of Thatcherism, civil unrest in Scotland and a divide that threatened to overshadow the game, the story dramatises how the hard grind tactics of Scotland coaches Jim Telfer and Ian McGeechan overcame a rampant England team boasting the likes of Will Carling, Brian Moore and Jeremy Guscott.
Takedown Pictures is the new film production arm of leading London-based script consultancy Industrial Scripts. Industrial Scripts was founded in early 2010 by some of the UK’s leading script editors to deliver high-end script development services to writers, producers and directors, and recently launched the UK’s first free screenwriter promotion programme, “Talent Connector”. Takedown will utilise Industrial Scripts’ wide range of contacts in development, and its incoming project submissions, to source commercially-attractive material for feature film production.