Jennifer Saunders Plans AbFab Movie
Deadline reports that Absolutely Fabulous star and creator Jennifer Saunders plans to write a feature film version of the cult series in addition to the three new episodes that have already been filmed.
Based on the sketch “Modern Mother and Daughter” from the comedy series French & Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous aired on BBC from 1992-95 and became a huge hit with gay viewers. The series, which has been revived periodically over the years, follows the outrageous lives of eccentric best friends Edina and Patsy who are on a never-ending quest for all things fabulous.
The first of three new AbFab TV specials, co-produced by BBC America, will air in the U.K. at Christmas with airings on the Logo network to follow in 2012.
The planned film adaption "will kick off with Patsy and Edina waking up hung-over in the empty drifting yacht of an oligarch in the middle of the ocean. Even worse, their cellphones can’t get a signal," reveals Deadline.
Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, is thrilled to be working with Saunders saying,
“I think she’s a genius. I can’t imagine anything more exciting than working with her.”