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MCQUEEN ON SCREEN: First the play, now the film.
An Alexander McQueen biopic is in the works, and will be directed by Andrew Haigh, according to WWD’s sister news site Deadline Hollywood.
The producers on the project are Damian Jones and Pathe, while playwright Chris Urch is penning the screenplay.
A spokesman for the Alexander McQueen brand declined to comment on the film project.
According to Deadline, Jones had previously optioned Andrew Wilson’s biography, “Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath The Skin,” although the film will not be based entirely on the book — it will also include Urch’s research.
The film comes on the heels of a separate theater project, “McQueen,” about the late designer and his visionary imagination. The play originally premiered at the St. James Theatre in 2015, and transferred to the larger Haymarket Theatre in London’s West End last September, where it ran until November.
Characters in the stage production included Mr. Hitchcock, the head cutter at Savile Row’s Anderson & Sheppard, where McQueen worked as a tailor, and Isabella Blow and Philip Treacy, longtime friends of the late designer. The play was directed by John Caird, director of the off-Broadway musical “Daddy Long Legs.”
The aim is to get the film project into production by the end of the year, according to Deadline.
Haigh’s latest film, “45 Years” is about a long-married couple, played by Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, who receive troubling news about the husband’s late girlfriend.
Rampling scored a best actress nomination at the Academy Awards, and a best British film nomination at the BAFTAs. The film also took home the best British/Irish film of the year at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards along with Best Actor and Actress of the Year for Courtenay and Rampling.