Slate, Potboiler team for features

Calderwood, Channing Williams, Egan unite for projects

LONDON -- U.K. movie producer Andrea Calderwood is teaming with Simon Channing Williams and Gail Egan to work on a range of movie projects.

Calderwood, who most recently produced HBO's "Generation Kill" and "The Last King of Scotland," will join her Slate Films banner with Channing Williams and Egan's Potboiler Prods., the companies said Monday.

Projects on the newly combined Potboiler slate will include Neal Purvis and Rob Wade's adaptation of the John le Carre novel "The Mission Song" and Biyi Bandele's adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's best-selling novel "Half of a Yellow Sun."

Potboiler recently secured a 75,000 pound ($104,000) development fund from the U.K. Film Council and aims to pump that cash into the newly enlarged operation.

Channing Williams and Egan most recently partnered with Mike Leigh and his production banner Thin Man Films on "Happy-Go-Lucky."

Egan said the marriage with Calderwood and Slate can be attributed to a commonality of ambition, including "a (mutual) desire to make a mark in television drama."