Steve Coogan will begin shooting the comedy film at the start of January
The Alan Partridge Movie will open in cinemas on August 16, 2013, the film’s UK distributor has announced.
Starring Steve Coogan as the fictional radio and TV presenter, the film will begin shooting on January 7. Declan Lowney, best known for his work on Father Ted, is to direct.
The Alan Partridge Movie will be a co-production between Coogan’s company Baby Cow and French film giant StudioCanal, with support from BBC Films and the BFI Film Fund. StudioCanal has also secured UK distribution rights to the film, according to Screen Daily.
In a statement accompanying the news, Partridge 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.”
The film’s script has been written by Coogan with Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham and Neil and Rob Gibbons. Last week Iannucci revealed that the film will see Partridge do battle with a media giant.
Discussing the film’s premise, he said: “Alan is in Norwich. It’s not ‘Alan goes to Hollywood’, it’s not ‘Alan invaded by aliens’ or anything like that. He’s on North Norfolk Digital, which is taken over by a media conglomerate and has its name changed to Shape. And that kicks everything off.”
Last night (June 25) saw Partridge’s return to television, with the special Welcome To The Places Of My Life on Sky Atlantic, in which he offered a guided tour of Norwich. A second special, Alan Partridge On Open Books With Martin Bryce airs next Monday.