Swallows and Amazons filming delayed until 2014

According to an article published in the Westmorland Gazette, filming for Swallows and Amazons has been delayed until 2014.

FILMING of a new big-screen version of children’s literary classic ‘Swallows and Amazons’ has been delayed until 2014. The Arthur Ransome tale, first published in 1930, was due to showcase Lake District locations including Coniston Water, Windermere, Ullswater and Derwentwater.

Shooting was due to take place from July to September this year – but fans will now have to wait a little longer to see the 21st century re-make featuring Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens as James Turner, nicknamed Captain Flint.

The plot centres on the outdoor adventures of the Walker and Blackett children, and is said to be inspired by Ransome’s own childhood summer holidays in the Lakes.

Producer Nick Barton, from Harbour Pictures, confirmed that the filming dates had been put back but would not state the reasons behind the deferral. “We are still working on setting the film up for next year and now hope to start in spring 2014,” he said. “The delay was due to a number of factors but we still intend to go into production.”

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What's the latest on the new S&A film?

Has filming begun? If not, has the film been shelved?

No news

It has all gone a bit quiet regarding Swallows and Amazons, which is a pity as I think that would be a very interesting role for Dan to take on. Another new genre.
The weather could well be a factor as it certainly has been rather unpredictable recently, even for the Lake District.

Disapppointed

It's disappointing about the delay in the filming of this latest production of Swallows & Amazons. I did see the few tweets about the guy who has apparently been involved with some work on set, so it may well be that preparations are underway.
I am hoping that Dan will still be able to play Captain Flint as that would be another change in pace and situation for him after the last two gruesome/violent roles in A Walk Among The Tombstones and The Guest.
The great variation of characters has got to be good for Dan, and us, I hope!

Confused or?

Confusing tweet noticed today from a film stuntman @cokingkong who talks about recent filming on the Swallows & Amazons set! Maybe they are doing some preparatory work? Or maybe it's a false indication?

It would be good to hear/see some confirmation.

The Catastrophist

What happened to The Catastrophist film in which Dan was to be involved?

Re. The Catastrophist

I understand that this was more of a rumoured attachment rather than a confirmed project. Several other actors have also been linked with the film although nothing has actually materialised.
Let's hope that the new Swallows and Amazons will go ahead soon, meanwhile we await the release of The Fifth Estate, Walk Among The Tombstones, The Guest, and four new audiobooks from Dan. That's quite a lot to contemplate!

Disappointed but optimistic

Disappointed about the reported delay, but optimistic that it will 'happen' next year, and hoping that Dan will still be able to take on the role of Captain Flint.
There are so many other new 'works, from Dan this year that there is still much to look forward to.

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