'Iron Lady' in waiting for next Pathe biopic

Thatcher set for 'Queen' treatment

Fresh from the success of bringing one British female icon to the screen in "The Queen," French-owned, U.K.-based production and distribution banner Pathe is developing a movie on former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Thatcher, one of the most famous government figures in recent British history, will be brought to the big screen by Pathe with backing from the BBC and indie banner DJ Films.

The trio have commissioned Brian Fillis to develop a screenplay based on an original concept devised by Fillis and producer Damian Jones.

The parties said Monday that the aim is to develop "a revealing and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher."

The film will center on her infamous political battle to save her career in the 17 days before the 1982 Falklands War waged against Argentina.

During those 17 days, the British fleet made its voyage to the Falklands, and the news was filled with Thatcher's battle against her male colleagues who doubted her and her determination to go to war.

The film will be produced by Jones, whose credits include "The History Boys," "Kidulthood," "Millions" and "Welcome to Sarajevo."

The film will be released in the U.K. by Pathe Distribution, with worldwide sales being handled by Pathe International, the company said.

No director is attached, and a Pathe spokesperson stressed that the project is in the early stages of research and development. No budget was announced, but it will be subject to cast.

The British media will likely be filled with a long list of actresses to play the former conservative prime minister, who at one time was dubbed "the iron lady" and had a close relationship with President Reagan during her tenure.
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