'The King's Speech' team signs on for 'Lady'

Gareth Unwin, David Seidler reunite for another period drama

TORONTO -- Producer Gareth Unwin and screenwriter David Seidler, who collaborated on "The King's Speech," which had a gala screening Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival, are reteaming for another period drama, "The Lady Who Went Too Far."

"Lady," which Seidler is penning for Unwin's Bedlam Prods., will tell the story of Lady Hester Stanhope, and is based on the biography "Star of the Morning," by Kirsten Ellis.

Set during the Napoleonic Wars, Stanhope was a world traveller and her tale contains elements of a political thriller as she moves through Europe and the Middle East.

"She was a female Lawrence of Arabia, a hundred years before Lawrence," Seidler said. "She came to exactly the same conclusion that Lawrence did, that we had no place in the Middle East and should keep away politically."

"I am ecstatic to be working with David again," Unwin said. "We had a creatively rewarding time bringing the script for 'The King's Speech' through its early stages of development and the opportunity to work so quickly again with a writer of David's stature is a real treat."

A See Saw/Bedlam production, "Speech," which is being touted as an early Oscar front-runner, will be released stateside by the Weinstein Co. on Nov. 26.
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