When Broadchurch hit our screens earlier this year it caused a nationwide sensation.
High ratings combined with critical acclaim caught Fox’s attention and a remake is on the cards for US audiences (starring David Tennant) next year. While we eagerly wait the second series (scheduled to begin production in 2014), there’s more Dorset based drama to feast on the small screen.
The best known film adaptation of the 1874 novel by Dorset’s favourite son, Thomas Hardy, was filmed in 1967, and while it performed well at the box office in the UK, it was a commercial failure in the US. Hoping to rectify that is the ambitious adaption currently filming in Dorset from Fox Searchlight Pictures. Staring Carey Mulligan, the screenplay for this adaption has been written by David Nicholls (best known for the romance novel One Day) and is said to ‘beautifully capture the heart of Hardy’s original.’ Danish filmaker, Thomas Vinterberg, who directed one of last year’s best films, The Hunt, is at the helm, so hopes are high that the talented trio will do justice to this rich and irresistible tale. Although the filming locations for this version haven’t been disclosed there have been a few celebrity sightings in Beaminster and Bridport, and Sherborne has been transformed into a movie set. Some of the Dorset film locations for the 1967 version include Abbotsbury, Maiden Castle, Portesham and Durdle Door.