Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
It’s a good week for Stephen Fry. He was part of Craig Ferguson‘s successful ‘experiment’ to do an episode of The Late Late Show with no audience, for one. Highly recommend watching that, as their nearly hour-long chat was a great bit of television.
And Fry’s film Hallelujiah!, about the composer George Frideric Handel and his enduring work Messiah, first announced in 2008, has been given some development funding by the UK Film Council. So it should be moving forward. Fry is co-writing that one with Nick Adams, and was originally announced as director. I hope that remains the case.
Finally, the writer/actor/director is working with comic book writer Grant Morrison and film director Paul McGuigan (Gangster No. 1, Push) on a TV show that McGuigan calls “Twin Peaks meets Brigadoon.” Wait, what? Why does that sound so fantastic?
There’s not a lot of detail on the show, which is in the treatment stage right now. In an interview with Live For Films, McGuigan is quoted saying “Grant Morrison and myself are working on, I wouldn’t call it a secret project, but a project with Stephen Fry and it’s a thriller set in Scotland.” The untitled show is seven episodes at the moment, based on the current treatment by Morrison. “It takes place over seven days around an event that happens in Scotland,” McGuigan says. “It’s a modern take on an old fable or fairy story.”
Brigadoon tells the story of a village that appears in the Scottish highlands for one day once every hundred years, and of the two American men who wander into it and accidentally bring changes to the magic (or curse) that holds sway over the town. Just with that synopsis and Twin Peaks, plus the creative trio involved so far, you can get a pretty good idea of how this show might be fantastic. Should it be made, that is.
In the meantime, please do watch that chat between Ferguson and Fry. I’ve embedded Ferguson’s opening explanation and the first segment of their talk below. If you like those, here’s the second part of the chat, and you can get to the additional pieces from there.