Studiocanal have confirmed this morning that filming has begun on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, the big screen adaptation of Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ international bestselling epistolary novel of the same name.
Directed by Mike Newell of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire fame, the film stars Lily James, Matthew Goode, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, and Penelope Wilton. Studiocanal is financing the project and will distribute in its own territories, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. The company will also handle all other international rights.
The film takes place in the aftermath of WWII, in which free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton (Lily James) forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during wartime. Published by Random House, the novel was a New York Times bestseller and sold 7.5 million copies in 37 territories.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will be produced by Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin at Blueprint Pictures, and the novel will be adapted for the screen by Don Roos, Kevin Hood, and Tom Bezucha.
Blueprint have two further films slated for release in 2017: James Marsh’s Untitled Donald Crowhurst Film starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz; and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.