Sky1 lines up HD adaptation of 'Skellig'

Tim Roth, Kelly MacDonald, John Simm will star in film

LONDON -- Tim Roth, Kelly MacDonald and John Simm are set to star in Sky1's new feature-length drama "Skellig," based on the award-winning children's book. The project will air on Sky1 and Sky HD in the spring, with a theatrical release to follow.

The movie is being produced by Feel Films and Taking a Line for a Walk Prods. and was commissioned by Sky1 drama chief Sarah Conroy.

It is the first project to come out of the 10 million pounds ($17.8 million) Sky has earmarked for HD drama investment and will be filmed on location in Cardiff, Wales, with Caerphilly Castle, Wenalt Woods and Canada Lakes providing some of the epic landscapes and vistas for a modern British fairytale.

The film tells the story of a boy who befriends a creature that is half owl, half angel (played by Roth) when he moves to a new home after the birth of his baby sister, who is seriously ill.

Feel Films/Taking a Line for a Walk will handle international distribution, and the film will be exec produced by Elaine Pyke and Sarah Conroy of Sky, Linda James from the Wales Creative IP Fund and Michael Henry of Limelight.