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Exclusive: Steve Coogan spills the beans

11 December 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  

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A-HAAAAAAAA! It's a good few years since we've seen Steve Coogan's pringle-sweatered, Toblerone-addicted cringetastic horror Alan Partridge on any kind of screen, but that could be about to change. For Coogan has exclusively revealed to us that the long-mooted Alan Partridge: The Movie (title TBC) is finally (almost) underway.

It's yet to be written, but, says Coogan, "we're doing a deal right now - I can't say who with - and there'll probably be an official announcement in the next couple of months."

Partridge: The Movie has been on the cards since at least 2005, with whispers of a script about an Al-Qaeda siege, shelved in the name of good taste after the London bombings. Whether any of those original ideas have survived is uncertain, but Coogan seems clear that we're looking at a US production. Which rules out the possibility of a Sue Cook cameo, it would seem.

"We're doing it in the States, but I'm not going to try and Americanise it," explains Coogan. "I wouldn’t try to do the same observational stuff here that I do in Britain. I’m not going to come over here and go 'right, now I’m going to try and invent five different characters who are all American', because I’m not steeped in American culture. It wouldn’t work. I’m so ingrained in British culture that for me to observe the minutiae of being British in all its different ways is very easy. I couldn’t claim to do that here, and if I did they’d end up being caricatures.  It’ll be a British fool/idiot character in a movie that should appeal to everybody."

Coogan hopes that shooting will start at "the back end of next year", and the script will be written in between his appearances in Michael Winterbottom's road movie The Trip (co-starring Rob Brydon) and an untitled Justin Theroux project for HBO.

When that official announcement happens, we'll be the first to tell you. But for the time being, let's rejoice in the knowledge that Norwich's greatest son is going to get the big-screen outing he deserves. Altogether now: "Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan!..."

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RE: Get Iannucci involved.
Down in one yank!!! More

Posted by Gazz at 23:59 on 13 December 2009 | Report This Post

Get Iannucci involved.
Innit More

Posted by exandakane at 20:12 on 12 December 2009 | Report This Post

Get Iannucci involved.

Posted by exandakane at 20:12 on 12 December 2009 | Report This Post

better be funny
Please please let this film (if and when it happens) live up to the Partridge canon. Oooh, there's an udder on me leg! More

Posted by spamandham at 17:11 on 12 December 2009 | Report This Post

two things - this better not be an ali g style disaster forever ruinig the character. second, bill odie must have a cameo, preferably with his branded organic milk More

Posted by elvoys at 11:47 on 12 December 2009 | Report This Post

Title suggestion...
In the pitches episode, alongside 'Monkey Tennis?' et al. he suggests 'A Partridge Amongst the Pigeons' as a title without an idea. I always thought that had quite a ring to it. More

Posted by GrandIntellect at 23:10 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

cant wait it will be awesome. Smell my cheese, you mother! More

Posted by kevy85 at 21:07 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

If Armando Iannucci is not involved...
Count me out. More

Posted by kiriyama at 21:06 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

as long as it is as good as inner city sumo, monkey tennis, and cooking in prison i'm loking forward to it. Use the sausage as a barrier. More

Posted by bruceme at 20:09 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

I wonder if it will be set away from the urban decay of the Manchester Ship Canal, or the pot-smoking, whore-ridden waterways of Amsterdam. Indeed, disused cotton-mills and legalised hardcore pornography should be a million miles away...... More

Posted by witters at 20:05 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

I hope one of the terms of the conetract is that it will be hilarious, needles to say I can't wait. More

Posted by Woger at 18:57 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

No body does it better! *Oh bit of nipple* Quite as good as yoou, baby your the best. Alan is back. More

Posted by steelchaffinch at 12:27 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

I'll have 3 Ladyboys please. More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 11:50 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

See, it's Christmas! It's a time for miracles! More

Posted by bradthunder at 11:49 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

Cup of beans?
Maybe Alan will get to realise his dream of playing James Bond butend up 'getting Bond wrong'. More

Posted by granny at 10:45 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

"I'm just a fan Alan...
Your biggest fan" More

Posted by pete_traynor at 10:23 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Food For Thought
YAAS! Partridge is awesome. In his words "Back of the net!" More

Posted by shool at 10:21 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

Food For Thought
Never mind the beans, tell us about the Toblerone meltdown Alan had while driving. They should fully explore that backstory of Alan stuffing his face with Toblerones while driving and I hope they keep that Geordie petrol station guy in it too. More

Posted by BenTramer at 10:12 on 11 December 2009 | Report This Post

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