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Alan Partridge movie to shoot in January 2013

Alan Partridge

Story by Jack Foley

THE long-gestating Alan Partridge movie will begin filming in January next year (2013) with a view to being ready to hit cinemas in August.

The announcement was made by the film’s new distributor, STUDIOCANAL, who have expressed their delight at being able to back the project.

The film will see Steve Coogan’s comic creation attempt to “salvage his public career while negotiating a potentially violent turn of events”.

Speaking in character, Alan Partridge commented: “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.

“I’d also like to add that ‘canal’ – or, in English, ‘canal’ – is a transportation system close to my heart. In the late 18th century, this new method of logistics halved the price of coal in many English cities. If STUDIOCANAL’s investment can achieve even a fraction of that, I will be delighted.”

The Alan Partridge Movie is written by Peter Baynham, Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Neil and Rob Gibbons.

Declan Lowney directs his second feature after Wild About Harry, with his TV credits including many episodes of Little Britain and Father Ted.

The official synopsis so far reveals that the movie will portray the events of the greatest low-to-high-ebb spectrum in his life to date – specifically how he tries tosalvage his public career while negotiating a potentially violent turn of events at North Norfolk Digital Radio.

Shooting will commence from January 7, while the release date has been confirmed for August 16, 2013 in the UK.

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