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Richard Curtis might quit directing, but will keep writing

Screen shot from About Time.

British screenwriter and film director, Richard Curtis, says the latest film that he directed could be his last.

Curtis is known primarily for his romantic comedy films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Love Actually as well as hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr Bean and The Vicar of Dibley.

Curtis’s breakthrough success was with Four Weddings and a Funeral in which he received an Oscar Nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Five years later, Notting Hill broke the records set by Four Weddings and a Funeral to become the top-grossing British film of all time.

The next project for Curtis was Bridget Jones’s Diary, where he was highly involved in the adaption of the novel to film.

His directorial debut came two years later, with Love Actually, which he also wrote. It featured a who’s who of British actors, including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Keira Knightley, in a loosely connected series of stories about people in and out of love in London in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

In May 2007, Curtis’s received the BAFTA Fellowship at the British Academy Television Awards in recognition of his successful career and charity efforts.

Speaking as he arrived for his new film’s world premiere at London, ‘it’s an anti-time travel time travel film’ he told BBC News, ‘and focusing more on trying to be happy in the days that we have.’

‘I think it may be the last film that I direct, the message of the movie is trying to enjoy yourself all the time and its quite hard trying to enjoy yourself in the thousand days it takes to make a movie. The next time I work with Bill Nighy, I hope we will be working in a holiday destination soon.’

About Time is the upcoming romantic comedy science fiction film revolving around the story of a young man trying to change his past to have a better future using time travel. On asked about why he chose Rachel McAdams for the part, he said, ‘‘it’s a kind of interesting romantic film and then it goes from first date to three children and I have just seen Rachel [McAdams] be so wonderful both at being very funny and a beautiful serious actress so she kind of was the perfect person for the job.’

When asked about his future in directing, he said, ‘with writing you can change your mind all the time and write new stuff, directing you’ve got to get it perfect every single day.’

‘I’ll go on writing; I don’t know what I’ll write.’

He concluded that quitting directing amounted to taking his own advice, since he always said he wanted to live his life in as simple a way as possible.

About Time is from Richard Curtis’s own screenplay and is scheduled for release in the UK on 4th September 2013 and in the US on 1st November 2013.

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