Carl Barât reveals The Libertines once wrote a ‘batshit’ sitcom and refuses to rule out biopic

Frontman admits he has not got time to think about a film

Carl Barât has said that he is interested in making a Libertines biopic while also revealing that he and Pete Doherty once wrote a TV sitcom together.

Speaking to NME, Barât was asked about the success of NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton and whether he could envisage seeing the story of his own band on the big screen.

“Well we’d like to write it ourselves,” Barât replied. “We started writing a sitcom, based on when we lived on [London’s] Camden Road with events real and some of them largely fictional. But we don’t need the fictional ones ‘cos the real ones are just fucking batshit. We got someone in to script edit it, but once we said that we were like, ‘Right that’s that done then’, and then it didn’t go any further.”

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Barât did not rule out a Libertines film, though, time permitting. “We haven’t really got a minute to think about that sort of thing right now. If you’re a screenwriter and you didn’t come out with something good out of that then you’d have to think about a new vocation. But then it’s a tough one isn’t it? Do you include songs? There’s that Svengali film. You never actually heard the band do a song.”

Earlier today The Libertines announced details of a UK arena tour for January 2016. O2 Priority tickets are available on Wednesday (September 23), 48 hours before they go on general sale.

The tour will see the band play arena gigs in Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff, Birmingham and Bournemouth before a huge London date at The O2 on January 30.

The dates follow the release of the band’s new album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ earlier this month. The band’s third full-length was released last week (September 11) and is currently riding high in the Official UK Album Chart. The first week entry will be confirmed later today (September 18).

The Libertines will play:

Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena (January 21)
Manchester, Arena (January 23)
Nottingham, Capital FM Arena (January 25)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (January 26)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (January 27)
Bournemouth, BIC (January 29)
London, The O2 (January 30)

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