That old joke about sucking on a Fisherman’s Friend is about to get new life as Ealing Studios (“St. Trinian’s,” “Dorian Gray”) will develop a comedy based on the Cornish singing group with the same name as the famed throat lozenge reports UK Wired.
Nick Moorcroft and Piers Ashworth (“Burke and Hare,” “St. Trinian’s”) will pen the script for the currently titled “No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues” but no director or script is yet locked. The “Commitments”-esque story will follow the rise of the group from small town choir to chart sensations.
The ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ are 10-strong singing group from Port Isaac, Cornwall who have been sing sea shanties a capella since 1995 and recently signed a £1 million record deal with Universal Music.
It’s likely the real Port Isaac will be used for filming, familiar terrain to those who saw 2000’s “Saving Grace”. ‘No Hopers’ is targeting a release next year.