Final Merchant Ivory picture to be released
The partnership that brought 45 films to the screen came to an end in May when Merchant died.
The Merchant Ivory brand came to stand for high quality costume drama with their great catalogue including adaptations of EM Forster's A Room With A View (starring Dame Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter and Denholm Elliott), Howard's End (with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson) and Maurice.
The White Countess, set in 1930s Shanghai, tells the story of blind American diplomat and his relationship with a young Russian refugee.
It will star Ralph Fiennes with Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave.
The film also reunited Merchant and Ivory with Kazuo Ishiguro, who wrote the screenplay of The White Countess as well as the novel behind the pair's massive success The Remains Of The Day.
The duo's more recent films have included Le Divorce, which breaking the Merchant Ivory mould was set in the present day, and The Golden Bowl, starring Kate Beckinsale, James Fox and Anjelica Huston.
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