'AbFab' movie gets go-ahead…maybe
Eddy and Pats headed to the big screen?
It’s official. Well, about as official as any announcement on The Jonathan Ross Show can make something anyway. AbFab creator, Jennifer Saunders, revealed to Ross recently that an Absolutely Fabulous big screen version is on the way. ‘On the way’ is a bit relative, however, as pen has yet to hit paper but, according to close friend and AbFab co-star, Joanna Lumley, “Jennifer tends to work to deadlines,” she said, “…so we’ve got to create a deadline and then get her there. I think with a little bit of not-too-painful pressure, a little bit of vice-like grip and a Chinese burn on the arm, it’ll happen.”
Long-time friend and former comedy duo partner, Dawn French, added a bit of fuel to the fire as Saunders told Ross, “Yes, well I have to do it now because I’ve threatened it a lot. And then Joanna Lumley kept announcing it and saying, ‘Yes, she’s going to do it, she’s going to do it’ and then Dawn French on our radio show at Christmas said, ‘I bet £100,000 that you don’t write it.’ So now I have to write it, otherwise I have to pay her £100,000.”
A full-length big-screen feature has been rumored for some time so this might fall into the “I’ll believe it when I see it” category, but it sounds like there is enough desire now on all sides to make it happen that this time it may actually see the light of day. Thoughts?