Alan Partridge: The Movie?

Steve Coogan says he’s working on it…

Jurassic Park! Steve Coogan has revealed that he’s working on a film based on cult comedy character Alan Partridge.

“Yeah, we are planning on making a movie. We’re talking at the moment. What it is we’re not quite sure,” Coogan told Radio One’s Edith Bowman. “But yes, there are plans afoot to make a film.”

He wouldn’t reveal anything about the storyline, though he admitted that something had been worked out.

Partridge, for those few, poor souls unfamiliar with the man, the voice the legend, first came about as a bumbling sports reporter on Radio 4’s news satire On The Hour, led by Chris Morris, which morphed into TV news-gasm The Day Today.

When Partridge proved popular as a character, Coogan, along with writers Armando Iannucci, Patrick Marber and a host of others, spun him off into demented chat show spoof Knowing Me, Knowing You.

And following a spectacular meltdown for the character during the show’s Christmas special (Knowing Yule, natch), he was reduced to working for a local Norfolk radio station, as chronicled across two series of I’m Alan Partridge.

We’re in two minds about this one, and while we’d happily snap up more Partridge, films based on British TV characters can be hit and miss at best.

Coogan at least seems aware of the dangers: “That’s just something you need to be aware of. You need to be aware of that and it might mean you readdress the character, make him slightly subtler or build up to it in a different way.

“But that’s certainly something that’s going to be on our minds but I think Alan is complex enough to sustain something longer.”

Here’s hoping it works – and that they get Iannucci (who’s seeing success with In The Loop) back to help write and possibly direct…

[Source: Radio One, via /Film]

Do you want an Alan Partridge movie? Or do you think it’d ruin the character? Speak your brains!


    • blade32

      May 26th 2009, 13:21

      I'd be down the cinema straight away. sounds like fun. Hope Iannucci is involved.

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    • specialeyes

      May 26th 2009, 14:22

      Steve Coogan talked about this in an interview I listened to yesterday, which is in this podcast here: Good stuff, bring it on!!

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    • pslim

      May 26th 2009, 20:28

      last i heard it was based around the "die hard" premise that terrorists take over the bbc and only alan can stop them, as long as it has "monkey tennis" in it im there! (its scary how many of alans tv show ideas are now a reality)

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    • ashley.russell

      May 27th 2009, 1:32

      we actually need a great British comedy that for once doesn't involve zombies, vampires or anything else supernatural. Hopefully this will be it. The Die Hard story sounds awesome.

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    • Joker

      May 28th 2009, 8:24

      back of the net

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    • Mrmotion

      May 28th 2009, 16:20

      Alan is one of my all time favourites, so I'm torn between giggling with girlish anticipation and uttering a groan of lament. Its a fine tightrope Coogan will tread to pull it off- he would need Ianucci involved to help him steer the good ship Alan into hilarity strait....

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    • Wrighty1985V

      May 29th 2009, 20:23

      I cannot WAIT for this,Coogan has proved himself in Holywood,80 days was awesome!! Die Hardish plot sounds cool, could make very good use of Alan. Putting people in fist bitingly embarrassing senario's works very well in comedy movies "smell my cheese/its called a ladyboy" situations would kick booty in a big screen adap. Im not driving a mini-metro!!!

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