Alan Partridge swaps small screen for big screen
The 'Alan Partridge Movie' has been given the green light and will be released in August 2013
The 'Alan Partridge Movie' has been given the go ahead and is set for release in 2013.
The comic character - played by Steve Coogan - is making the transition from small screen to big screen and French company StudioCanal has secured the UK theatrical distribution rights to the project.
Speaking in character about the developments, Coogan said: "I'm simultaneously gladdened and pleased to see a British film being co-funded by the French dudes at StudioCanal. This is without doubt the greatest Anglo-French co-operation since the Normandy landings. This time, the heroes aren't Allied servicemen - they're motion picture financiers, who are equally brave.
"I'd also like to add that 'canal' is a transportation system close to my heart. In the late 18th century, this new method of logistics halved the price of coal in many English cities. "If StudioCanal's investment can achieve even a fraction of that, I will be delighted."
The movie - which is being supported by BBC Films and funded by the BFI Film Fund - will be directed by of Declan Lowney, whose previous work includes 'Father Ted', 'Little Britain' and the romantic comedy film 'Wild About Harry'.
Coogan will reprise his role as hapless broadcaster Partridge and he co-wrote the film alongside Peter Baynham, Armando Iannucci and Neil and Rob Gibbons.
Iannucci has revealed the film will see Partridge have to fight for his job after the radio station he works for is taken over by a large media company leading to a big choice for the character.
He said: "Alan is in Norwich. It's not Alan goes to Hollywood, or Alan invaded by aliens.
'He's on North Norfolk Digital, which is taken over by a bigger media conglomerate and has its name changed to Shape."
Shooting on the movie is set to begin on January 7, 2013 and it is due to hit cinemas on August 16.
A one-hour TV special entitled 'Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life' aired on Sky Atlantic on Monday night (25.06.12).