Simon Cowell's Syco to Co-Produce Film About 'Britain's Got Talent' Winner Pudsey
LONDON – Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell's joint venture with Sony Music, is teaming with British movie banner Vertigo Films to co-produce a fictional film about the life of 2012 Britain’s Got Talent winner Pudsey.
Pudsey: The Movie is set to star dancing dog Pudsey and, at least in cameos, his trainer Ashleigh Butler. Their act won Cowell's talent-search show and audience adulation in the U.K. and abroad. The project, billed as a family film, is being developed and produced by Syco and Vertigo.
It is scheduled to shoot this spring with a Christmas 2013 release penciled in, with Vertigo Distribution handling the U.K. theatrical release. It has been scripted by top kids TV writer Paul Rose.
Pudsey and Ashleigh won Britain’s Got Talent in May in a finale that drew a healthy 14.5 million TV viewers. The pair is also a YouTube sensation, with the duo's audition for the show garnering more than 12 million hits alone to date.
Pudsey has made appearances on The Jay Leno Show and America’s Got Talent.
Vertigo's producer credits include The Sweeney and Monsters. The firm also worked with former Britain’s Got Talent winners George Sampson, a dancer, and dance troupe Diversity in local box-office sensation StreetDance 3D.
Syco produces TV formats including The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
Cowell's feature output includes Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about U.K. boy band and X Factor contestants One Direction, which is currently in production, and David Frankel’s biopic One Chance, about Paul Potts, a film starring James Corden as Britain’s Got Talent’s first winner in 2007.
The co-production deal was signed by Rupert Preston for Vertigo and Mark Brittain on behalf of Syco.