The Weinstein Company has secured distribution for the upcoming British television series Love, Nina
The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they are acquiring rights in the U.S., Canada, China and Hong Kong to the British television drama Love, Nina. Directed by S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, Orange is the New Black), the 5 x 30 minute series has a script by Nick Hornby (Wild, About A Boy) that was adapted from Nina Stibbe’s memoir of the same name. The cast for the program is set to include Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, Suffragette), Faye Marsay (Game of Thrones), Jason Watkins (Trollied) and Joshua McGuire (Mr. Turner, About Time). See-Saw Films produced project, which began shooting on September 14th in London, and BBC will be broadcasting it in the UK.
In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs: there’s a cat nobody likes, suppertime visits from a famous local playwright, a mysteriously unpaid milk bill, and repeated misadventures parking the family car. Dinner table discussions cover the gamut, from the greats of English literature, to swearing in German, to sexually transmitted diseases. There’s no end to what Nina can learn from these boys (rude words) and their broad-minded mother (the who’s who of literary London).
“This is an extraordinary acquisition for our television team and TWC as a whole,” says TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “It’s hard to go wrong with a group that has the genius and original minds of Nick Hornby and S.J. Clarkson, not to mention with incredible talent like Helena and this incredible cast. My wife and older daughters adored Nina’s novel and it’s a huge coup for us at TWC to introduce it to TV audiences. We’re also thrilled to be reuniting with Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and the entire See-Saw team whom we’ve continued to grow a very special relationship with ever since ‘The King’s Speech’.”
“‘Love, Nina’ is a profoundly clever read that catches you off guard in the best kind of way,” adds TWC President of International Production Negeen Yazdi. “It’s easy to imagine how it could transform into a television series with the same unique, sparkling wit. Teaming with talent of Nick Hornby, S.J. Clarkson and Helena Bonham Carter’s calibre is an honour and we’re delighted to be along for this wild ride.”
“Reading the book ‘Love, Nina’ made me quite simply happy,” Bonham Carter puts it. “So I thought if I did the telly it would make me happy too. But the real reason why I’m doing it is to work with S.J. Clarkson again because she has the same taste in socks as me. And she’s brilliant at what she does.”
“Nina Stibbe’s book, ‘Love, Nina,’ has already established itself as a much-loved piece of comic writing and I love it,” says Hornby. “Her observations and worldview were the inspiration for a show that we think captures the same spirit. It’s been a joy to write and we’re thrilled with the quality of our cast.”
“It’s a joy to be working with Helena again,” says Clarkson, “and even more so to be collaborating on such wonderful material and with such a talented ensemble.”