Alan Partridge Movie Gets A Helmer

Alan Partridge, the beloved but fictional radio and television presenter played by English comedian Steve Coogan, is finally getting his own movie.

Co-creator Armando Iannucci tells Empire that “it’s just about all come together now, so that’ll be shot later in the year. At the moment it’s ‘The Alan Partridge Movie’ but that’s just a working title. [The script] is written [but] we’re always rewriting, rewriting and rewriting.” He adds that tone-wise “it’s a slapstick movie, it’s not political, it’s not satire.”

Coogan’s character has appeared in two radio series, three television series, and numerous TV and radio specials. Talk of a film with Partridge first began back in 2004 and all that’s known, aside from the script now being ready, is that the story is set in the UK and won’t take Alan to the United States as earlier rumored.

Declan Lowney (TV’s “Father Ted”) is helming the project which will hit screens next year. Iannucci recently finished work on the now airing first season of HBO’s “Veep” and he is currently filming a fourth series of his acclaimed political satire “The Thick of It” for BBC2 which is scheduled to air later this year.