Magazine article Screen International

BBC Making Laurel and Hardy Biopic

Magazine article Screen International

BBC Making Laurel and Hardy Biopic

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BBC has ordered a biopic of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy produced by the BBC's comedy arm and Harvey Weinstein's US indie.

The broadcaster has commissioned Stan and Ollie from BBC's in-house comedy division, in association with The Weinstein Company and Lookout Point.

Stan and Ollie is a 90-minute one-off biopic that will be written by Mrs Biggs screenwriter Jeff Pope. It will tell the story of the duo's 1953 UK tour, which followed a split from their mentor, studio politics and a run of poorly received films.

After the tour and following an acrimonious divorce and alimony battles, Hardy became ill, suffered a heart attack and eventually died, while Laurel never performed again.

Stan and Ollie was ordered by Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning and former BBC1 controller Danny Cohen. It will be produced by BBC's Saurabh Kakkar, Lookout Point's Simon Vaughan and Harvey Weinstein.

It will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.

"Stan and Ollie is Jeff's love letter to two pioneers and enduring giants of screen comedy. It beautifully captures the deep emotional bond forged over a lifelong partnership as they reflect on their rollercoaster careers through the prism of this final UK farewell tour. …

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