MORE MCQUEEN ON SCREEN: Maven Pictures will be producing a movie about Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, as reported by WWD’s sister news site Variety.
“The Ripper” delves into the relationship between the late designer and the former British editor and stylist at the Sunday Times, Vogue and Tatler who was a patron of McQueen’s from his days at Central Saint Martins. Blow, whose love for eccentric hats made her a paparazzi favorite, was a muse to many other designers as well up until her suicide in 2007 after a long battle with depression. McQueen, who came from a working-class family, himself committed suicide in 2010.
While casting and movie production details are still in the works, Variety reports that Gesha-Marie Bland has written the script for the film while senior vice president Hardy Justice sourced the screenplay.
A spokesman for the Alexander McQueen company told WWD that the fashion house isn’t involved with the film project.
This is the second movie in development that is based on McQueen’s life. Another biopic directed by Andrew Haigh is scheduled to begin production by the end of this year. The producers on that project are Damian Jones and Pathe, while playwright Chris Urch is writing the screenplay. According to WWD’s sister publication 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.
Last year, “McQueen,” a play about the late designer, premiered at the St. James Theatre and transferred to the larger Haymarket Theatre in London’s West End last September, where it ran until November. The play was directed by John Caird and starred Stephen Wight as McQueen.