Toon director to bring Laurel & Hardy back to life

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A Peterhead film director is set to bring comedy icons Laurel and Hardy back to the big screen in his next project Stan & Ollie.

Jon S. Baird, who directed James McAvoy in the adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth, will now run the rule over Holywood A-listers Steve Coogan and John C Reilly in his new biopic.

Mr Baird said: “Like so many others I grew up watching Laurel & Hardy and I’m therefore honoured to help bring this incredible true story of love, laughter and friendship to the big screen.”

Stan & Ollie will focus on the now-legendary 1953 tour embarked on by the ageing duo.

The film will see Laurel & Hardy set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953 with their golden era a distant memory.

The screenplay is written by Jeff Pope who won awards dor his Philomena script which also starred Steve Coogan.

Developed by BBC Films the movie will be produced by Faye Ward of Fable Pictures.

Christine Langan, BBC Films head honcho, said: “With Faye Ward producing and Jon Baird at the helm, BBC Films is extremely excited to crank up production of this gem in 2016.”

Baird currently has a number of projects on the go including an Ivanhoe adaptation with Irvine Welsh.

He also recently teamed up with Holywood legend Martin Scorsese to direct episodes of his new HBO TV show Vinyl.