George Fenton revealed in an interview with Celluloid Tunes that he has recently recorded his score for the upcoming British drama The Lady in the Van. The film is directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances De La Tour and Roger Allam. The movie is based on Alan Bennett’s West End stage play and follows an eccentric woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her broken down van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for the next fifteen years. Hytner is also producing the BBC Films and TriStar production with Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, Millions, Belle) and Kevin Loader (Venus, Nowhere Boy, In the Loop). Fenton has previously scored Hytner’s other five features including The Madness of King George, The Crucible, The Object of My Affection, Center Stage and The History Boys. The Lady in the Van is set to be released in the UK in November and in the U.S. on December 11, 2015.
As previously reported, Fenton also has Andy Tennant’s Wild Oats starring Shirley MacLaine & Jessica Lange coming up. The composer is also working on a stage musical adaptation of Mrs. Henderson Presents and also has recently recorded his music for the sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything. The film is directed by Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life) and stars Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, several members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Rob Riggle, as well as Robin Williams as the voice of a talking dog named Dennis. The movie follows a group of eccentric aliens who confer a human being with the power to do absolutely anything, as an experiment. Ben Timlett and Bill Jones are producing the project. Absolutely Anything is set to be released this summer in the UK. No word yet on a domestic release.