Berlin: Emma Thompson Starring in ‘Long Midnight of Barney Thomson’

Dave McNary
Variety

Emma Thompson has come on board the comic thriller “The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson,” the directorial debut of Robert Carlyle.

The script, based on a series of novels by Douglas Lindsay, was adapted for the screen by Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren. Carlyle will also star in the title role as a downtrodden Scottish barber who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, allowing his  dark fantasies to become reality. Thompson will play his mother, a character who cheerfully emasculates him at every turn.

Ray Winstone and Ewen Bremner will also appear.

Myriad will introduce the film to international buyers at next week’s European Film Market in Berlin. The film, a Canadian-U.K. co-production, is scheduled to go into production in the first half of this year.

Producers are John G. Lenic and Kaleena Kiff through their Trinity Works Entertainment banner. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico will executive produce.

Myriad’s Thomas Loftus negotiated worldwide sales rights, with Arthur Evrensel and Lenic negotiating on behalf of the filmmakers.

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