William Nicholson to Pen 1066

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Gladiator screenwriter William Nicholson is set to write 1066, about the epochal confrontation between King Harold and William the Conqueror for control of England’s throne that culminated in the Battle of Hastings, reports Variety.

Nicholson is writing the project for Shine Pictures, the joint venture set up last July between Shine Group’s Kudos Pictures and New Regency.

The project is the first to be greenlit by Shine Pictures and has been fast tracked for production later this year.

Nicholson’s script will focus on the comradeship-turned-deadly rivalry between England’s King Harold and William.

No decisions have been made on the two lead roles or the directors, although Shine Pictures executives are believed to be in discussions with a number of high-profile candidates.

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