Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
A perfect night in with EE
Win £200 to spend on the perfect night in
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Interstellar Wins Best Film At The Empire Awards
All the winners announced at Jameson Empire Awards 2015
New Jurassic World TV Spot Arrives
RUUUN!
Hugh Jackman Hints Wolverine 3 Will Be His Last Mutant Movie
Will he hang up the claws?
Akiva Goldsman Overseeing More Transformers Films
He'll produce and oversee writers for new movies
Bill Hader Finds The BFG
He'll be part of Steven Spielberg's Roald Dahl adaptation
Vincent D'Onofrio In Talks For Magnificent Seven
He's in line to be the villain
Alessandra Ambrosio Joins Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Supermodel will meet the heroes in a half-shell
Audra McDonald Joins Beauty And The Beast
She'll be Garderobe
Simon Helberg Set For Florence Foster Jenkins
He's joining Stephen Frears' latest
First Teaser For Patrick Stewart's Blunt Talk
'Did he say Falklands sarcastically?'
DreamWorks Animation's Home Invades The US Box Office
Get Hard jailed in second
The Jameson Empire Awards 2015 Live Blog
All the winners and presenters as it happens!
Jameson Empire Awards Arrivals Gallery
Chastain! Gillan! Atwell! Cavill! Fans!
Spectre Opening Sequence Will Be 'Biggest In Bond History'
Empire reports from Day Of The Dead in Mexico
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
18 November 2014
Jon S. Baird Meets Laurel And Hardy
Filth director planning biopic of their last years
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Philomena (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Pierrepoint
Empire Star Rating
Essex Boys
Empire Star Rating
The Flying Deuces
Empire Star Rating
Swiss Miss
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Laurel & Hardy Biopic In Development
From Philomena co-writer Jeff Pope

03 December 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

After co-writing Philomena with Steve Coogan (and sharing the Venice Film Festival’s Best Screenplay Prize), Jeff Pope is not a man wanting for work. He’s already scored one job: writing a biopic of cinema comedy legends Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

While the planned 90-minute film is likely to air on the Beeb over here, US audiences may end up seeing it on the big screen thanks to a deal with Philomena distributor The Weinstein Company. Stan And Ollie will focus on Laurel and Hardy’s 1953 tour of the UK. It came at a time when their fame was starting to decline and, after 106 films together, they were beset by personal issues.

The tour, however, was initially a big success, at least until Hardy suffered a heart attack and was ordered to relax. Though Laurel was offered a shot at a solo tour, he refused, and waited for his comedy partner to recover for their last few, triumphant performances, shortly after which Hardy died. There’s no word yet on who will play either man, so leave your casting suggestions in the comments or on that fine mess we call Twitter.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Louis Leterrier Off To Grimsby
Directing Sacha Baron Cohen's spy spoof
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

Robert Laurel, Kevin Hardy
A biopic about Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy? Imagine Robert Downey jr. and Kevin James... More

Posted by primamovie at 23:57 on 12 January 2014 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Fast & Furious 7 Review
We run the rule on the return of Toretto, Hobbs and co

Empire Meets Alison Brie
The Get Hard star on Ken Jeong, Toto and her favourite episode of Community

17 ‘What The?’ TV Cameos From Film Directors
From Spike Jonze as a music exec to Peter Bogdanovich as… himself?

Empire Meets Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
On A Second Chance, Game Of Thrones pranks and Headhunters' poo scene

The Secrets Behind 44 Classic Cinema Sound Effects
No really, the Ringwraiths are actually plastic cups...

The 30 Greatest Superhero Movies Of All Time
Empire readers pick their top super flicks

10 Videos Every Tom Hanks Fan Should Have Watched By Now
Of course, everyone in the world is a Tom Hanks fan…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)