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Steve Coogan confirms plans for much-delayed 'Alan Partridge' movie

Actor planning to start shooting 'next year'

Steve Coogan has said his much-delayed Alan Partridge movie will start shooting "next year".

The actor explained that the project had been "left behind for a while" but he is now writing the film with Armando Ianucci and Pete Baynham.

r /> "We came back to it because we got a few ideas," he told The Playlist.

"We’re writing it right now, going to shoot it next year. Don’t know who will direct it," he added.

The film has been on the cards for a number of years. In 2005, Coogan's production company Baby Cow Productions announced plans for the film, with the main storyline involving an Al-Qaeda siege. However, this was put on hold after the July 7 bombings.

Last year, Iannucci told followers of his official Twitter page, Twitter.com/Aiannucci: "The Partridge news is that we've now agreed a story for the film. It's NOT Alan goes to America."

Partridge began life as a spoof sports reporter on BBC Radio 4's On The Hour before moving to television on BBC2's The Day Today in 1994.

He later appeared on his 1994 spoof chat showKnowing Me, Knowing You and two series of I'm Alan Partridge on the BBC, in 1997 and 2002.

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