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Adaptation of 'modern day Mockingbird' announced

18th May 2011

A film adaptation of Daniel Clay's Broken, a modern day take on Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, is to be made.

BBC Films will be responsible for the production, with Inception actor Cillian Murphy set to star.

Broken relocates the setting of To Kill A Mockingbird from the American deep south to southern England but closely follows the original plot, with the character of Boo Radley represented by Rick Buckley, who Murphy will portray in the big screen production.

Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, said it is an 'ultimately uplifting tale in which the power of innocence triumphs'.

'It's about distrust and hatred in a small community. It's very dark but with a note of redemption,' she told Screen Daily.

To Kill A Mockingbird was previously adapted for the big screen in its original guise in 1962, with Gregory Peck starring in the iconic role of the lawyer, Atticus Finch. 

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