Harry Gregson-Williams has mentioned in a recent interview with Animated Views that he has just started to work on the score for the indie drama Mister Pip. The movie is directed by Andrew Adamson who has collaborated with the composer on the director’s previous movies, including the first two Shrek films and the first and second installment in the Chronicles of Narnia series. Mister Pip is based on the novel by Lloyd Jones and stars Hugh Laurie as last the white man left on the war-torn island of Bougainville, in Papua New Guinea who reads the kids his favorite novel, Great Expectations. A young girl conjures the novel’s Victorian characters and befriends Pip who helps her to endure the violence and moral uncertainty of her daily life. Kerry Fox, Alliv Samson and Eka Darville are co-starring. Adamson is producing the Olympus Pictures and Eyeworks production with Leslie Urdang & Dean Vanech (Rabbit Hole, Beginners) and Robin Scholes (Once Were Warriors). Mister Pip has been shot in New Zealand and is currently in post-production. A release of the film in 2012 is expected.

As previously reported, Gregson-Williams also has the remake of the sci-fi thriller Total Recall directed by Len Wiseman and starring Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale coming up next year. His music can currently be heard in Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas, which opened in theaters this past Wednesday.