It’s been a little while since his second directorial effort, The Boat That Rocked came out, but Richard Curtis is finally returning with a low budget film. The title will ring bells with all his fans who feel they’ve been waiting too long for the man to climb back behind the camera, About Time.
You may know Richard Curtis best as the guy who brought us the romantic comedies, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually. All three were mainstream, light hearted and very British.
In fact the man has predominantly written for comedy from the beginning. He is responsible for the extremely popular 80s series Blackadder, and the 90s BBC classic The Vicar of Dibley. He also wrote the screenplay for Bridget Jones’s Diary in 2001.
As the name Richard Curtis is synonymous with romantic comedies and comedy television shows it might be a surprise to hear his next project is neither romantic or comic. About Time is set to be a low budget science-fiction film.
We don’t know many details, but we do know he has penned the screenplay (of course), and this will be his third time working behind the camera as the director. His début effort was 2003’s Love Actually, which he followed up in 2009 with The Boat That Rocked, a comedy about a pirate radio station in the North sea.
He seems equipped to take on the role, despite his predominantly comedic credits. He contributed an episode of the popular sci-fi series Doctor Who, starring current Time-Lord Matt Smith, and wrote a special time-travelling short: Blackadder: Back and Forth for the Millennium Dome.
About Time will be produced by the production company behind Curtis’ most successful films, Working Title. The producer Tim Bevan told the Hollywood Reporter that casting was in process and their aim is to shoot the film in the summer of this year.
We’ll be waiting a while for a release then. Until then you can watch his most recent writing effort, Stephen Spielberg’s Oscar tipped War Horse in cinemas across the UK now.