One of the hottest productions is about to come out of the UK film showbiz. The story of the great Alexander McQueen is headed to the big screen with the making expected to begin at the end of the year. The movie is set to be directed by Andrew Haigh, whose most recent film 45 Years has gained a number of awards and nominations including the Academy Awards and BAFTAs nominations since its release last winter. As for the playwright, award-winning Chris Urch, with his latest play The Rolling Stone that has just debuted in London gaining ecstatic reviews, will pen the script. This film will be produced by Damian Jones along with UK company Pathé, and Jones had reportedly optioned Andrew Wilson’s McQueen biography Blood Beneath The Skin as the main inspiration. However, the film will not be exclusively based on the book, rather it will also be based on the research materials in addition to Chris Urch’s own findings about the British designer.
Lee Alexander McQueen rose rapidly from an apprentice on London’s prestigious Savile Row before attending Central Saint Martins and launching his own wildly successful line. His clients included Prince Charles and Mikhael Gorbache, and he was the designer behind the wardrobe for David Bowie‘s 1996-1997 tours, including the Union Jack coat worn by Bowie on the Earthling album cover. He then went on to serve as the head designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001. In 2010, McQueen committed suicide, just nine days after his mother passed away from cancer. McQueen’s spectacular rise and tragic fall would seem to be a fertile material for cinematic adaptation. Further details such as who will play McQueen and when this film will be released have not been disclosed and the Alexander McQueen brand, are yet to comment.
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