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Alan Partridge the movie is finally going to get off the ground, co-writer Armando Iannucci has confirmed.

After seven years sitting on the shelf, a film about Norfolk’s favourite son, is finally going to hit the big screen in 2012.

Comedian Steve Coogan will reprise his role as the failed television presenter in the feature length film.

 "It's just about all come together now," Iannucci told Empire Magazine. "[The script] is written [but] we're always rewriting, rewriting and rewriting."

He added:  "We’ve written it," he confirmed, "but it’s a slapstick movie, it’s not political, it’s not satire."

Iannucci followed up the interview by tweeting: "Mr Alan P is going cinemasurroundsound".

Declan Lowney, the Irish director of sitcom Father Ted, will film a script written by Iannucci, Coogan and Peter Baynham, co-writer of Sacha Baron Cohen's Brüno movie.

Partridge is unlikely to go large in USA, as did Baron Cohen’s Bruno movie.

Coogan told the Playlist last year:  "We don't see Alan, for example getting Simon Cowell's spot on American Idol and going over there.That's too good for Alan. [His] future is always brighter in his head than it is in the real world.”

Here's a couple of classic moment from the 'I'm Alan Partridge' series...


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