Magnolia Takes Steve Coogan's 'Alan Patridge'

"Alan Partridge"

The comedy, which is playing the New York Film Festival, will be released in 2014.

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Declan Lowney’s Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan as the titular character well-known in the U.K., where he first appeared more than 20 years as a BBC sports reporter on the radio show, On the Hour.

The film, which was released in the U.K. earlier this month, will have its North American premiere at the upcoming New York Film Festival. Magnolia is eyeing a release in early 2014.

The Partridge character has made frequent appearances throughout the British media: He’s been a sports reporter on the TV news spoof, The Day Today; host of his own TV chat show, Knowing Me, Knowing You; star of the fly-on-the-wall sitcom, I’m Alan Partridge, and most recently appeared in Mid Morning Matters. In the new film, he finds himself at the center of a siege when a disgruntled fellow DJ, played by Colm Meaney, decides to hold their station hostage after learning that he’s getting fired by the new management.

FILM REVIEW: Steve Coogan in 'Alan Partridge'

A Baby Cow/Studiocanal production, Alan Partridge was directed by Lowney and written by Rob Gibbons, Neil Gibbons, Coogan, Armando Iannucci and Peter Baynham. Producers are Kevin Loader and Henry Normal, with Rob Gibbons, Neil Gibbons, Iannucci, Danny Perkins, Joe Oppenheimer and Christine Langan as executive producers.

“As big fans of Steve Coogan and the talented crew at Baby Cow, we are very excited to be working on this incredibly funny film,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. “I only had a passing knowledge of the Alan Partridge character, but even as a neophyte, I found it to be an instant comedy classic. We’re confident that longtime Alan fans and newcomers alike will love this film.”

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia svp acquisitions Dori Begley and director of acquisitions Peter Van Steemburg with Studiocanal repping the filmmakers.