Date: 19th September 2001
BILLY ELLIOT (2000) director STEPHEN DALDRY is set to direct a movie about young British travellers on the backpack trail. WORKING TITLE films have lined up the movie man for the project - currently going under the uninspiring title THE BACKPACKER MOVIE - which looks set to offer a more comic tour of a landscape already covered in LEONARDO DICAPRIO's film BEACH, The (2000).
If negotiations prove successful, the film would form the first part of a three-picture deal which Daldry signed with Working Title last November (00). The film would also reunite Daldry with producer JON FINN, with whom he collaborated on last year's (00) surprise hit Billy Elliot (2000).
Daldry recently completed work on his second movie, HOURS, the (2001), starring NICOLE KIDMAN, JULIANNE MOORE and MERYL STREEP. (KW/WNWCGG)