Steve McQueen is directing, writing, and producing a big screen adaptation of the British TV series Widows, EW has confirmed.
The 1983 TV mini-series, written by Lynda La Plante, began with three armed robbers who are killed during a heist. Their widows discover their plans for the robbery, and set out to finish the jobs themselves. The feature will follow the same basic premise.
The director will re-team with New Regency, producer and financier for his critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave, for the heist thriller. Ian Canning and Emile Sherman are on board to produce alongside McQueen.
There’s more than one film on the horizon for the Oscar-winning director: Yesterday, The Guardian wrote that McQueen’s next film would be about actor, singer, and civil rights activist Paul Robeson. There’s uncertainty about what his next project will be exactly, but, if it’s any indication, Widows is expected to begin pre-production by the year’s end.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.