Although previously mentioned by The Times last month it has now been officially confirmed that Steve Coogan and David Mitchell are teaming up for a new movie from Michael Winterbottom, who has previous worked with Coogan on many projects such as The Trip.
Previously titled ‘Greed’, although now apparently untitled, it will tell the story of “a ruthless, perma-tanned and self-absorbed retail clothing billionaire”, a character description which appears to share some links with Philip Green, the Arcadia Group chairman who owns chains including Topshop and Burton.
The as yet unnamed character will be played by Coogan who’s 60th Birthday party (which is being held in Greece) goes wrong when ‘a mild-mannered journalist’ played by David Mitchell turns up to chronicle his life story, according to reports.
The movie will be “a satirical take on the world of the super-rich,”. Steve Coogan’s role was previously linked to Sacha Baron Cohen who appears now to have stepped away from the project.
Sony Pictures, International Productions and Film4 are behind the movie. It will film this autumn and be in cinemas next year.
As ever I’ll post updates here so keep following us for more information which we expect once shooting begins.