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LONDON — Plans for a movie based on David and James Livingston’s book Blood Over Water, the true story of sibling rivalry pushed to extremes by two brothers rowing against one another in the world-famous Oxford and Cambridge boat race in 2003, is picking up the pace.
U.K. production banner Harbour Pictures, the company behind Kinky Boots and Calendar Girls, is to produce with Tideway Films, the latter specifically set up by producer Joel Mishcon (Gumball Rally – Around the World in 8 Days) to make Blood Over Water.
The script, written by bestselling novelist Boris Starling is currently out to directors and the movie-makers already have footage in the bag after the second unit filmed on location at this year’s 2011 Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race in March.
The book was nominated for the best New Writer award at the Sports Book of the Year Awards in 2010 and serialised in The Sunday Times.
It details the story of two brothers whose rivalry ended up with one of the closest and most talked about race in the event’s 157 year history in 2003.
Harbour Pictures CEO Nick Barton is set to co-produce.
Mishcon said: “The actual race gripped not just the U.K. but 180 countries, while David and James’ book went on to garner acclaim and win awards, making the project perfect to adapt for the big screen.”
Barton plans to take the project to Cannes to drum up more interest.
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