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Andrew Haigh Set To Direct Alexander McQueen Biopic

It’s come to my attention today the Looking creator will be directing a Alexander McQueen Biopic. Sadly fashion designer McQueen committed suicide in 2010 at the age of 40.

Deadline reports:

In one of the hottest development titles coming out of the UK film biz, 45 Years director Andrew Haigh has signed on to direct the Alexander McQueen biopic for producer Damian Jones and Pathe. Red hot playwright Chris Urch, whose latest play The Rolling Stone has just debuted in London to ecstatic reviews, is writing the project. Jones had previously optioned Andrew Wilson’s McQueen biography Blood Beneath The Skin, but the film will not be exclusively based on the book; rather it will be part of the research materials available to Urch.

Fashion designer McQueen’s spectacular rise and tragic fall would seem to be fertile material for cinematic adaptation. The working class son of a taxi driver, McQueen rose rapidly from an apprentice on London’s prestigious Savile Row. His clients eventually included Prince Charles and Mikhael Gorbachev, as he developed a reputation for his immaculate tailoring skills. He would go on to design the wardrobe for David Bowie‘s 1996-1997 tours, including the Union Jack coat worn by Bowie on the Earthling album cover. As he developed another reputation as the fashion world’s enfant terrible, he would go on to become head designer at Givenchy before launching his own self-monikered label. He was famous for his unconventional, highly stylised and theatrical fashion shows. Openly gay, McQueen’s growing fame and fortune also witnessed an increase in drug dependence as well as a slew of failed relationships. He committed suicide in 2010, nine days after his mother Joyce had died of cancer.

Read more at deadline.com

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