Bille August to Direct BEWARE OF PITY

New adaptation of Stefan Zweig novel on the way.

Screen Daily hears that Danish director Bille August (‘Night Train to Lisbon,’ ‘The House of the Spirits,’ ‘Smilla’s Feeling for Snow’) has signed on to direct an adaptation of Vienna-born author Stefan Zweig’s 1938 novel ‘Beware of Pity.’

The romantic drama follows “a young lieutenant invited to dine at a Hungarian aristocrat’s castle, where he meets a paralysed young woman who falls in love with him.”

Screenwriter Greg Latter, who previously worked August on ‘Goodbye Bafana’ and ‘Night Train to Lisbon,’ is on board to provide the screenplay.

‘Beware of Pity’ will be produced by Lars Sylvest (‘Dylan Dog: Dead of Night,’ ‘Death Sentence’) and Helge Sasse of German-based banner Senator Film (‘A Most Wanted Man,’ ‘Mr. Morgan’s Last Love,’ ’2 Days In New York’).

British filmmaker Maurice Elvey adapted Zweig’s novel back in 1946 with a cast that included Lilli Palmer, Albert Lieven and Cedric Hardwicke.