BBC has commissioned a Laurel and Hardy biopic to be made by The Weinstein Company. The 90 minute film will be called Stan and Ollie and is to be made in association with BBC’s in-house comedy unit and Lookout Point.
The film is written by Lucan and Mrs Biggs screenwriter Jeff Pope and will follow the story of the duo’s infamous 1953 UK tour. 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.
BBC controller of comedy, Shane Allen, says the film script ‘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.’ As of yet, there is no word on who has been cast in the title roles.
The commission follows the BBC’s ordering of a 14-part Napoleonic war novel adaptation of War and Peace from The Weinstein Company.