BBC, Rudin, Owen team for 'Coram'


BBC Films is reuniting with U.S. producer Scott Rudin and British producer Alison Owen to make "Coram Boy," a big-screen adaptation of the epic best-selling children's novel by Jamila Gavin.

Owen ("Sylvia") and Rudin ("Notes on a Scandal") are no strangers to BBC Films, having worked alongside the filmmaking arm of the U.K. pubcaster in the recent past.

"Coram Boy," adapted by Helen Edmundson, made it to the stage last year at the U.K.'s National Theater. The London Times described the production as "full of dash and vim" when it was staged in 2005.

A story about teenage pregnancy, infanticide and slave-trading in 18th century Georgian London, "Coram Boy" is a sprawling epic of Dickensian proportions. It follows the story of wealthy English estate heir who forsakes his fortune for music before fathering a love child.

The project also has garnered cash support to the tune of £70,000 ($137,000) from the U.K. Film Council's development fund, according to the organization's Web site.

Rudin exec produced the 20th Century Fox-distributed "Scandal" for DNA Films with backing from BBC Films and the U.K. Film Council.

The list of credits for Owen and her production banner, Ruby Films, includes "Sylvia" backed by BBC Films, the U.K. Film Council and international financier Capitol Films.

Rudin also executive produced leading Oscar contender "The Queen," directed by Stephen Frears.

The New York producer was recently described by U.K. producer Andy Harries as one of the best moviemakers around.

Owen, Thompson and Rudin could not be reached at press time.