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Oscar winner Fellowes pens new "Titanic" miniseries

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 5:33 PM

By Mimi Turner and Stuart Kemp

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes has written a new multi-territory co-production drama about the last hours aboard the Titanic.

Billed as a lavish, new four-hour TV miniseries, "Titanic," for ABC, Global TV and ITV, will start filming on location in Hungary this spring.

Focusing on the lives of different characters ranging from steerage passengers to upper class guests as the ship begins to founder, the drama takes viewers on a journey through the last hours of Titanic's maiden voyage in 1912.

Casting has yet to be announced.

Quinn Taylor, senior vice president movies miniseries and acquisitions for ABC Network, said that the doomed voyage had "retained a powerful hold on people around the world for almost 100 years, and this new miniseries will offer a compelling take on this epic, tragic story. We look forward to bringing this remarkable series to our viewers."

The mini-series sets sail on ABC in the United States and on Canada's Global TV, followed closely by premieres in five other territories including the U.K. Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Fellowes plans to pen a film script based on British crime writer Agatha Christie's "Crooked House." He is writing an adaptation of the book, set just after World War II for Neil LaBute to direct.

The scribe told The Independent newspaper he was excited to be adapting a Christie novel and to be working with LaBute.

Fellowes is also currently putting the finishing touches to the second season of "Downton Abbey" for ITV. He won an Oscar for "Gosford Park."

Christie's "Crooked House" details the story of Charles Hayward, who is told by his fiancee Sophie that she cannot marry him until her grandfather's killer is brought to justice.

Christie is famous for her recurring characters such as Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.