Lloyd Jones' "Mister Pip' adapted to film — 14.04.11

Television's 'House' star Hugh Laurie will star in a film adaptation of Lloyd Jones' best-selling novel 'Mr Pip'.

House star Hugh Laurie will star in a film adaptation of Lloyd Jones' best-selling novel Mr Pip, the Hollywood Reporter has said.

Kiwi director Andrew Adamson has written the screenplay and will direct and produce the film, which is set to begin filming in New Zealand and Bougainville in May.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Mr Pip tells the story of the last white man left on the war-torn island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, who re-opens a school and inspires his pupils by reading his favourite novel, Great Expectations.

Laurie told Hollywood Reporter he was "hooked" on the screenplay from the start.

"From the first words of the novel, and the first image of the screenplay, I was hooked on Mr Pip," Laurie said.

"It's an immensely touching, unique, yet completely unsentimental story of love. It is unlike any script I have read, or any story I have ever heard. Plus I get to go to Papua New Guinea and call it work. I am a very lucky man."

Adamson is quoted saying he wanted to adapt Lloyd's book as soon as he read it.

"I read Mr Pip on a transatlantic flight and, by the time of landing, knew I would make this film.

"It's a testament to Lloyd's wonderful novel that it has captured the hearts of Hugh, Robin, Leslie and an incredible group of like minded collaborators."

Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech of Olympus Pictures are financing and producing the film with Robin Scholes' Eyeworks New Zealand and Agio Capital, with further financial support from the Film Commission, NZ on Air and TV3.

Source: Stuff