EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen has made his next feature. He will write, direct and produce lightning, based on his original idea. McQueen has set the film in New Regency and McQueen’s Lammas Park will co-produce with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films.
As a result, McQueen is reunited with New Regency, where he won the Oscar for best picture 12 years slave, and widows. Production on the new film will begin next year and McQueen is keeping the details of the plot a secret. This puts McQueen back in the feature game after his critically acclaimed anthology series small axe, who explored the lives of West Indian immigrants in London and won five BAFTAs. He then directed and produced three documentaries for BBC and Amazon, Black Power: A British Story of Resistance, Subnormal: A British Scandal, and revolt.
New Regency Chairman and CEO Yariv Milchan called McQueen “an incredibly talented filmmaker and a remarkable storyteller. We are excited to continue our partnership with him on this exciting new project.”
McQueen said: “The New Regency team has been great partners to me over the years. I am thrilled to be working with Arnon, Yariv and Michael again and I am very excited to join forces with Tim and Eric at Working Title Films.”
McQueen’s ascent to the A-list came after making his Cannes Camera d’Or-winning film hunger, and follow up with Michael Fassbender on Shame and 12 years slave, the latter of which won nine Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley. He followed with widows, starring Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Liam Neeson. lightning will be his fifth directorial outing.
Working Title’s Bevan and Fellner Directed the Joe Wright Cyrano forthcoming, and produced the recently released Edgar Wright-directed Last night in Soho.
New Regency has the upcoming musical Everyone is talking about Jamie; directed by Adrian Lyne Deep water with Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas; the Robert Eggers directed the Norman with Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe; and the untitled David O. Russell film starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Robert De Niro, Mike Myers, and Chris Rock.
McQueen is represented by Casarotto Ramsay and Associates, CAA and attorney Carlos Goodman.