Kid stuff for BBC Films, Rudin

Announce film version of epic novel

BBC Films is reuniting with U.S. uber producer Scott Rudin and top flight 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 both worked alongside the filmmaking arm of U.K. pubcaster in the recent past.

"Coram Boy" made it to the stage last year at the U.K.'s National Theater adapted by Helen Edmundson. 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 has also garnered cash support to the tune of £70,000 ($137,000) from the U.K. Film Council's development fund, according the organization's website.

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

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

Rudin also exec produced current bookies favorite for Oscar success, "The Queen," directed by Stephen Frears.

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

Owen, Thompson and Rudin could not be reached at presstime.