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Alexander McQueen's biopic is in the works

'45 Years' director Andrew Haigh will tell the tale about the fashion designer

By Shantila Lee | Published: 22 Jan 2016

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According to WWD, Andrew Haigh, director of 45 Years and Weekend, is working on a biopic of Alexander McQueen. The movie will tell the story of his swift rise to the highest ranks of the fashion industry, and tragic suicide at the age of 40. Playwright Chris Urch is writing the screenplay and producers Damian Jones and Pathe are on board.

Deadline reported that Damian had previously optioned Andrew Wilson's biography, Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath The Skin. However the movie will be based on both the book and Urch's research. They aim to get production rolling by the end of the year.

Alexander McQueen was the son of a taxi driver and schoolteacher, who went on to create costumes for the likes of David Bowie and Prince Charles during his apprenticeship at Saville Row, before launching his eponymous brand in 1992, that still endures today. He took pills and hung himself in 2010, days after the death of his mother, Joyce.

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