March 14, 2013 8:30
'Fresh Meat: The Movie' in the works, says creator
But plans to turn the hit Channel 4 sitcom into a feature film are still 'at a very early stage
Plans are underway to turn hit Channel 4 sitcom Fresh Meat into a feature film.
Created by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, the duo behind Peep Show, Fresh Meat centres on a motley crew of students at a fictional Manchester university who are forced to share a house together off-campus. The show's cast includes former NME Awards host Jack Whitehall and Joe Thomas from The Inbetweeners.
Last month (February), Fresh Meat was named Best TV Show at the NME Awards 2013 and a third series is set to begin on Channel 4 this autumn. However, the series' creators are already thinking further ahead.
Bain told Screen Daily: "We have been having chats about a Fresh Meat film and we're working on a couple of ideas. The challenge with a film - and we're wrestling with this at the moment so we don't have any answers - is that you want it to be bigger but you also don’t want to destroy the essence of the show you’ve created."
Discussing a possible premise for the big screen spin-off, Bain said: "The Inbetweeners and In The Loop are good examples of characters going on holiday so that is one option we’re looking at. But we don't want it to feel like they've stopped being the characters from Fresh Meat so it's a difficult balance to get right."
Speaking cautiously, a representative for the production company which makes the show added: "Plans for a movie version of Fresh Meat are under discussion but they're still at a very early stage."
In The Loop was an acclaimed spin-off from BBC2's The Thick Of It starring Peter Capaldi and hit cinemas in 2009. The Inbetweeners Movie came out in 2011 and became the highest-grossing comedy film in UK box office history with takings of £45 million. Meanwhile, Steve Coogan is currently shooting The Alan Partridge Movie for release this June.
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