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'Mr. Pip,' a Dickens-inspired movie, by way of Princess Fiona

April 13, 2011 |  1:04 pm

The director of "Shrek" and a Dickens-flavored novel wouldn't be the most likely combination in the world. But the two will be paired up for a new film announced Wednesday.

Pip Andrew Adamson, who directed the first two movies in the "Shrek" and "Chronicles of Narnia" franchises, will tackle the independently financed "Mr. Pip," an adaptation of an acclaimed 2006 novel by Lloyd Jones. Jones' "Mister Pip," short-listed for the Booker Prize, tells of a man who seeks to reopen a school on the war-torn island of Bougainville in the early 1990s, prompting children and teacher to bond over characters from his favorite book, "Great Expectations."

The New Zealand production (both Jones and Adamson hail from the country) will feature "House" star Hugh Laurie as the teacher. Laurie is poised to make a jump to big-screen leading man via "The Oranges," a romantic drama co-starring Leighton Meester that recently finished shooting.

Booker-approved novels featuring children and whimsy will also appear on the big screen when Ang Lee brings his "Life of Pi" to theaters next year.

-- Steven Zeitchik
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Photo: Book jacket of "Mister Pip." Credit: The Dial Press

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I don't know if this article-writer has done their research. To say Hugh Laurie will make a "jump to the big screen" makes it sound as if he is only a TV star. Hugh Laurie was in Disney's 101 Dalmations and Jane Austen's Sense and Sensability with other renowned actors before he was in House... just a tidbit. :)

Not to mention the classic "Peter's Friends," "The Borrowers," "The Man in the Iron Mask," etc.

...and Stuart Little 1 and 2, Maybe Baby, Girl from Rio,
Flight of the Phoenix, Street Kings.
I have every confidence that Mr. Laurie will be wonderful in this movie. He cares about doing his best in all his projects from Blackadder to House.

Hugh Laurie has already appeared in many British and American films.

I think they mean he'll be a leading man this time, the other roles were supporting or ensemble ones weren't they?


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