Steve Coogan is making substantial headway in becoming a Hollywood player. He can currently be seen in Night At The Museum: Battle of The Smithsonian and scored a hit as Damian Cockburn in Tropic Thunder last year. He’s also got a few new projects on the go.
But as successful and big-time as Coogan may become, some of us will always remember him for one comic creation which he has played on a few different occasions on British TV. His name is Alan Partridge, he is a true comic legend, and he may soon be getting his own movie.
Coogan has played the sports presenter turned radio DJ turned chat show host turned sad old wreck on The Day Today, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, and (the best of the bunch) I’m Alan Partridge. Now, according to Coogan himself in an interview with BBC Radio 1, the character could next make a move to the big screen.
According to Digital Spy, Coogan said:
“We are planning on making a movie. We’re talking at the moment. What it is we’re not quite sure.”
“[The move from TV to movie is] something you need to be aware of. You need to be aware of that and it might mean you readdress the character, make him slightly subtler or build up to it in a different way. That’s certainly something that’s going to be on our minds but I think Alan is complex enough to sustain something longer.”
For anyone not aware of the Alan Partridge character I urge you to seek out DVDs of the aforementioned shows. For fans such as myself the idea of a movie based around Partridge is phenomenal. With Coogan’s new Hollywood mates behind him this could be a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic. If Mr. Bean can do it then surely Partridge can!