Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Frank movie goes into development

Things have moved forward with a movie script based on Frank Sidebottom
Here is something I lifted from the FILM 4 website:

Film4 to develop Frank with Men Who Stare At Goats writers Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan - with Lenny Abrahamson to direct
Film4 Productions are proud to be developing "FRANK", a new film based on a fictionalised story about a musical genius and his band, with the writers behind offbeat comedy, The Men Who Stare At Goats.
In the strange world of the 1980s musical subculture one man stands out as the strangest of them all. FRANK tells the story of a hidden musical master and the disciple who loves him so much he might just have to destroy him. Frank - a mystery inside an enigma - inside a large plastic head.
Lenny Abrahamson (Garage, Adam & Paul) is now attached to direct the movie, which is being written by broadcaster and author Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats, Them) and acclaimed screenwriter Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare At Goats, How To Lose Friends And Alienate People), who will be updating Film4.com readers and Film4 Twitter followers on their work throughout the life of the production.
The film is currently at the script development stage with shooting scheduled for later in the year - look out for the first Film4 Twitter updates from Jon, Lenny and Peter, hashtag #frank, as they work on the script in a remote cottage. The script has been attracting industry attention since it appeared on the 2009 Brit List of recommended unproduced scripts, and Jon and Peter will be sharing the process of refining and developing it with Film4.com readers in a first for Film4 online.
David Barron, a producer on the Harry Potter movies, and Stevie Lee of Runway Fridge Productions are on board as producers. David Barron said "Stevie and I are very excited to be collaborating with such a brilliant creative team as Jon, Peter, Lenny and Film 4." Katherine Butler, Senior Commissioning Executive, Film4, said: "We are passionate about this brilliantly original script and Lenny is the perfect collaborator to take us into the wild and wonderful world of Frank."
Film4's current slate of British feature films either in post production or due to be released includes Chris Morris' Four Lions, Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go based on Ishiguro's novel of the same name, Peter Mullan's Neds, Mike Leigh's Another Day, Richard Ayoade's Submarine, Hideo Nakata's Chatroom and finally Kevin Macdonald's Roman epic, The Eagle Of The Ninth.
You can follow Film4 on Twitter here for general news, views and chat, and look out for Film4 updates with #frank in them for news from Jon, Peter and Lenny as the project progresses.

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