Sunday, 17 May 2015

Jennifer Saunders discusses Absolutely Fabulous movie

Back in January, Jennifer Saunders announced that her New Year's resolution was to get the long talked about Absolutely Fabulous movie finally made. Impressively, that seems to have been the motivator she needed, since she has just revealed that development on the film is now well underway, and that all being well it will go before the cameras later this year.

"I didn't do it for a while," says Saunders, "because I thought, 'Wouldn't it be awful if it was awful'. But now we're all so old... Joanna [Lumley] says, 'Do it before we all die'. There is a plot and that's the miracle. It involves all the main characters and virtually everyone that's ever been in the series, all those characters and we're in London and sometimes we might go to the South of France, I'm hoping. I'm waiting for the budget. It could be anywhere. If it's a big budget it will be the Bahamas. I've got another deadline on May 8... and then we'll probably do it in the autumn."

Last we heard, the film was going by the title Edina And Patsy, named for the hard partying and responsibility averse PR guru and her chain smoking alcoholic best friend, played by Lumley. It isn't actually clear who is number crunching the budget and setting Saunders' deadlines, but it's hard to imagine the BBC isn't a large part of the mix.

Uprooting a sitcom's cast to an exotic location is a well-worn trope of British TV to film spin-offs, from Holiday On The Buses (1973) to Are You Being Served? (1977) to Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000). Hopefully Absolutely Fabulous can rise above those dubious precedents...

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