Josie Rourke to helm cinematic origin story ‘This Nan’s Life’

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Director Josie Rourke, left, speaks with Margot Robbie and Joe Alwyn behind the scenes of “Mary, Queen of Scots.” Focus Features photo

“Mary Queen Of Scots” helmer Josie Rourke will direct “This Nan’s Life,” an origin story about British comedian Catherine Tate’s television character Nan.

The feature film will explore the origins of the profanity-spewing pensioner Joannie “Nan” Taylor, played by Tate, who first appeared in BBC sketch series “The Catherine Tate Show,” according to Screen Daily.

The sketch series continued for three series between 2004 and 2006, and it was nominated for six BAFTA Awards, two British Comedy Awards and an Emmy Award. It spawned several spin-offs based on the Nan character.

Tate has written the screenplay with Brett Goldstein. The pair previously collaborated on two 35-minute BBC comedy specials, both titled “Catherine Tate’s Nan,” produced by Tiger Aspect in 2014 and 2015.

Mathew Horne is reprising his role from the series and subsequent TV spin-offs and will be joined by Katherine Parkinson (“Pirate Radio”) in the cast.

Damian Jones (“The Iron Lady,” “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”) is producing the feature and Warner Bros has already bought the U.K. rights.

Rourke is a renowned theater director who has been the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse theater in London since 2012. Her 2018 historical drama “Mary Queen Of Scots,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, was her debut feature. The film was nominated for three BAFTAs and two Oscars this year and grossed $46 million globally.

-BAM

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