Scrum Like It Hot - Screen_Daily-13-05-14

Extract from the article by Andreas Wiseman for Screen Daily

EXCLUSIVE: Duffy film, Niall Johnson rom-com on Parkland Pictures slate.

Rugby rom-com

Also new to Parkland’s slate is $2.3m-budgeted UK rom-com Forward Pass, also looking to shoot this autumn.

Writer-director Niall Johnson’s (Keeping Mum) script follows a self-important student, kicked-off a men’s rugby team and in debt to loan sharks, who disguises himself as a woman to get on the women’s team in order to get back on track.

Producer is Francie Von Schonfeld for Forward Pass Pictures. Cast will be announced at a later date.

“It certainly feels like there is a demand for well-written UK content at the moment, especially in the romance or romantic-comedy genre,” said John Cairns, Parkland Pictures CEO.

“These two scripts share that genuine quality, and we are very proud to be associated with two highly respected UK directors.”

The deals were negotiated by Parkland’s CEO John Cairns and International sales and acquisitions manager Pierre-Louis Manès-Murphy with producers Chantelle de Carvalho and Francie Von Schonfeld.

Link to original article HERE