Mike Newell taking on Great Expectations

The Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations is set for another big-screen adaptation, this time by director Mike Newell with Oscar winning producer Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen.

The Hollywood Reporter details it will be a “fresh” take on the beloved story of Pip, an orphan, who relays to us his life as he attempts to become a gentleman, with the help of an unknown benefactor over a period of 30 odd years.

Great Expectations has seen two major adaptations to film, the first being David Lean’s 1946 black and white version, which won two Oscars for Art Direction and best Black and White Cinematography, and was nominated for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Screenplay; the second being the questionable modernisation of the text in the 1998 Alfonso Cuarón directed vehicle for Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro and Ethan Hawke.

This new adaptation will coincide with the year-long celebration of Charles Dickens’ bicentenary in 2012. The event will see localised and global retrospectives, from the BBC Dickens season, to The British Film Institute retrospective of Dickens film and television adaptations, which will tour to the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris.

With this news just announced we hope to be hearing casting rumours soon. Just who will play the varying ages of Pip is something we’re excited to see.

Discuss: Who would you like to see take on the famous role?

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