Lady Chatterley film deal could be filmed in Nottinghamshire

Nottingham is hoping to be the city chosen as the filming location for Sony Columbia Pictures adaptation of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Nottingham has come into the Hollywood spotlight after Sony Columbia Pictures purchased the rights to DH Lawrence’s classic novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

The agency have already suggested Nottingham as a filming location, as Nottingham born author Lawrence based the novel in locations around his home town of Eastwood.

Nottingham already has a well-established reputation for Hollywood film locations. Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine filmed the latest Batman films on location at Wollaton Hall.

Ridley Scott’s 2010 film adaptation of Robin Hood, which starred Russell Crowe, boosted the local economy by an extra £9 million.

The film company purchased the rights for $500,000 (just over £300,000) after negotiating a deal with Lawrence’s literary agent Pollinger.

Jennifer Spencer, chief executive of Experience Nottinghamshire, said: “If a film of Lady Chatterley’s Lover was to be made in Nottinghamshire, based on the fact that the novel was inspired by the people and places of Nottinghamshire, it would have a huge economic benefit on the county.

“It would be a great opportunity to once again put Nottinghamshire on a global stage, providing a huge boost in tourism to the region and could have far-reaching effects on the local economy as a whole.”

Sony has hired Oscar nominated screenwriter David Magee to produce the script for the film, which is currently being written. Magee most notably scripted the film adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel  Life of Pi.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which was first published in 1928, sparked much controversy due to its highly sexualised content, and was banned in numerous countries.

It wasn’t put  into print again until Penguin Books published an uncensored version in Britain, in 1960, but faced an obscenity trial for doing so.

However, it was found not guilty after evidence was heard from academic critics which included E M Forster.

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