By our guest blogger, Nick Hanover
Though American audiences now know him best from such films as Hamlet 2 and Tropic Thunder, Steve Coogan will likely always be remembered as Alan Partridge. The comedian and actor began his career playing the hapless radio and tv host character on the radio program "On the Hour" alongside future In the Loop director Armando Iannucci. Coogan then returned as Partridge for the BBC series "Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge" and later "I'm Alan Partridge." And now Coogan is looking to bring Alan Partridge back with a new movie, according to indieWIRE.
Aiding Coogan in this project is Iannucci and Borat co-writer Peter Baynham, who are working on a script at the moment. Plot details at the moment are unknown other than the fact that it will find Partridge returning to his hometown of Norwich, but with such a talented group of comedic writers helping out, the odds of the film being a worthy successor to the existing series are great.
Coogan also a new film out called The Trip, which is directed by Michael Winterbottom (who also directed Coogan in the masterful 24 Hour Party People) and is currently screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The Trip is described as a "meta-comedy," which either means it's like a Charlie Kaufman story or it just goes nowhere.