F&ME to make The Spy Princess at $15 million

MUMBAI: London-based feature film production outfit Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) will soon embark on its biggest project yet.

The outfit, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is developing the $15 million The Spy Princess currently being written by Happy Feet and Babe: Pig in the City screenwriter Judy Morris.

Based on the biography by Shrabani Basu, The Spy Princess tells the true story of Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim Sufi female secret agent who was awarded the George Cross and the Croix de Guerre.

A director will be announced shortly for the project, due to go into production in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Morris, a long time collaborator with George Miller was nominated for an Annie for her work on Happy Feet. Another (F&ME), project in pre-production in Durban and set to start shooting in 10 days, is Streetkids United.

Directed byTim Pritchard, Streetkids is about group of British and African street kids preparing for the Street World Cup. Produced by Downey, Taylor and Sandy Markwick the film is executive produced by Stephen Daldry.

The film, which is backed sports and media celebrities including Simon Mayo, Jamie Redknapp, Gary Lineker, Nancy Dell‘Olio and Alastair Campbell, will be ready in time to coincide with the 2010 World Cup.

Another film is Dominic Murphy‘s A Gift From the Culture that will also be shot in South Africa in September next. Shane Smith, who wrote Murphy‘s White Lightnin‘ has scripted the film based on a short story by Iain M. Banks.

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