The idea of a cinematic outing based on Norwich’s favourite son has been a rumour for a while now, but it appears that The Alan Partridge Movie will be hitting our cinema screens next year, with a release date put on the slate for 16 August.

Starring Steve Coogan, the film will see Partridge fighting to save his public career while negotiating a potentially violent turn of events.

The film is set to go into production with backing from StudioCanal, BBC Films and the BFI Film Fund next January.

The film will be directed by Declan Lowney, with the script written by Peter Baynham, Armando Iannucci and Steve Coogan.

A press release from Alan Partridge himself stated:

“I’m simultaneously gladdened and pleased to see a British film being co-funded by the French dudes at Studiocanal. This is without doubt the greatest Anglo-French co-operation since the Normandy landings. This time, the heroes aren’t Allied servicemen – they’re motion picture financiers, who are equally brave.

I’d also like to add that ‘canal’ – or, in English, ‘canal’ – is a transportation system close to my heart. In the late 18th century, this new method of logistics halved the price of coal in many English cities. If Studiocanal’s investment can achieve even a fraction of that, I will be delighted.”

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