I first discovered Phipps with his excellent BRIGHTON ROCK in 2010. Since then -- or even prior to that -- he's specialized in stories about history or royal families. All good stuff, whether it's THE CROWN, VICTORIA, THE VIRGIN QUEEN or the Princess Diana HBO documentary THE PRINCESS, which was on my top 10 list of 2022.
Pretty hyped for the film. I kinda expect it will be hampered by having to hit so many scattered high points in a long career, and will lack narrative focus, but I also expect Scott to apply the same attention he put into the medieval feel of The Last Duel, to the atmosphere of the Napoleonic era here. It's obviously a subject dear to him and his first film The Duellists remains the most evocative picture of the period.
Well, that is both expected and surprising! I mean, I do love Marianelli's score for the 2005 "Pride & Prejudice" and am happy to hear it gets another showcase, it's not the temp track I expected Scott to prefer for this movie.