Jennifer Saunders to write an Absolutely Fabulous film
A film adaptation of Absolutely Fabulous is in the works, according to reports.
Hollywood industry website Deadline is reporting that Jennifer Saunders, the creator, writer and star of the hit BBC sitcom, is to begin work on a script for the film in 2012. She is currently writing the book for a musical, Viva Forever, based around the songs of 1990s pop group the Spice Girls.
Absolutely Fabulous, which also stars Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha and June Whitfield, was a worldwide hit for the BBC in the 1990s, picking up a substantial and particular fan base in the United States of America.
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The new film, believed to be a BBC Films production, will reportedly open with Edina (Saunders) and Patsy (Lumley) waking up, hungover, aboard an oligarch's otherwise deserted yacht - afloat in the middle of the ocean.
Christine Langan, the Creative Director at BBC Films, told Deadline: "I think [Saunders is] a genius. I can't imagine anything more exciting than working with her."
The film will be the first time the BBC have brought one of their own sitcoms to the silver screen. The closest previous venture into the sitcom movie market was with In The Loop, the big-screen movie inspired by The Thick Of It.
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