As per usual for the iconoclast, everything is being kept under wraps on the feature, which was due to go into production in 2020 and is Leigh's first since 2018's 'Peterloo.'
Mike Leigh is set to go into production on his as-yet-untitled, super-secretive and now long-awaited next feature this year, The Hollywood Reporter can reveal
In typical style for the beloved veteran filmmaker and seven-time Oscar nominee, there’s very little else to be revealed. Untitled Mike Leigh 2023, as the project is now called, is as much under wraps as it was when it was first announced he was embarking on another film in 2020 (when it was entitled Untitled 2020). Plot, cast, and practically everything else is being kept under the thick veil of secrecy that the auteur prefers to operate. What is known is that the film was due to go into production in 2020, but was among the features impacted by the COVID pandemic. Three years on, and the wheels are finally moving.
Even despite the secrecy (which THR understands isn’t just limited to the public realm, but across buyers, too), Bleecker Street already acquired the Film4-backed feature for the U.S. — its first collaboration with the director — while eOne has U.K. rights, continuing its long-standing relationship with Leigh and his Third Man Films banner. Cornerstone Films is handling international sales and will be bringing the project (back) to Berlin.
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