A sun-kissed island in the Caribbean, a haughty princess and her eccentric English aristocrat friend who leaves his entire fortune to his penniless manservant — not to mention a pet elephant and a hoodoo curse.
You could hardly dream up a better scenario for a film and now a few months after 19-year old Cody Tennant took the first legal steps to challenge the will of his colourful grandfather Lord Glenconner, who died leaving everything to his valet Kent Adonai, just such a movie script is being penned.
The idea comes from Michael Jacques, a London-based St Lucian property owner who himself has a bit part in the whole sorry saga. He claims he was cheated out of much of his land by Glenconner.
He has written a BOOK ON ‘The Fallen Bud ‘ and is now being worked into a screenplay.
The script is being written by Sareera Kerdsawang, who contributed illustrations for Jacques’s book. ‘Sareera is also a FILM SCHOOL graduate,’ says Jacques, 57, who won back the rights to the house he let to Glenconner but lost the rights to 11 acres of land.
Jacques says he sees someone like Sir Anthony Hopkins playing Glenconner with Dame Helen Mirren reprising her royal acting pedigree in the role of the Queen’s sister. The part of BUPA the elephant has not been cast. ‘I think it will be a great story for Hollywood,’ Jacques said.
“I took time out to write this book to tell my side of the story and how I was tricked by this man. I now intend to turn it into a film so people can see for themselves what this aristocrat was all about. He took my land I intend to use all legal means to get back my land.”
Last month, it was revealed, Cody — now the 4th Baron Glenconner — did a deal with Kent where they will share the estate.
Glenconner bequeathed an estate worth £20 million to Kent, near the Pitons in Soufriere.
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