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Nicholas Hytner to direct film of The History Boys

Nicholas Hytner to direct film of The History Boys

Fox Searchlight Pictures, DNA Films, and the BBC have teamed up to adapt Alan Bennett's triple Olivier-winning The History Boys into a feature film. Out director Nicholas Hytner, whose film credits include The Object of My Affection and The Crucible, will helm from a script adapted for the screen by Bennett. Daily Variety reports that production is slated to begin in the United Kingdom in July. The plot centers on a class of clever, funny teenage boys and their relationships with an iconoclastic English instructor (Richard Griffiths); a newly minted professor (Stephen Campbell Moore) retained to boost test scores; an overwhelmed history teacher (Frances de la Tour); and a headmaster (Clive Merrison) relentlessly focused on results. The History Boys premiered last year at the National Theatre in London--where Hytner serves as artistic director--and won Oliviers (the U.K.'s national theater awards) for Best New Play, Best Director, and Best Actor (Griffiths) as well as Evening Standard and Critics Circle honors for Best Play.

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