Shekhar Kapur, the Indian-born helmer of movies such as Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, will direct one of the last pieces of writing from the late Anthony Minghella, a segment of the urban ode New York, I Love You.
Minghella had written but not cast or shot his segment of the episodic film, which was to have begun shooting in April in Manhattan.
The Hollywood Reporter says producers last week said they were awaiting word from the family before making a decision. According to Kapur, Minghella asked the director to carry out his work shortly before the “English Patient” director went in for surgery two weeks ago.
“He told me his film was about the value of life and how people sometimes just throw away their lives, unable to look beyond into the real beauty of it,” Kapur said. “I will direct the film now — with Anthony in my heart and in presence of his soul.”
Kapur is also attached to direct the adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series for Fox.