There’s nowt quite like a feel-good film set in Yorkshire to fill the cinemas of Britain night after night. Brassed Off, Calendar Girls and The Full Monty all demonstrate the enduring cinematic pull of God’s Own Country. Now that appeal looks set to be given a French twist.
The opening stages of this summer’s Tour de France are to become the subject of a new movie. Intended as a comedy, the film is currently in the process of being written.
Film makers will, no doubt, be hoping that the 2.5 million people who watched each of the stages in Yorkshire will buy a ticket to see the final film.
“Film makers will be hoping that the 2.5 million people who watched each of the stages in Yorkshire will see the film”
Screen Yorkshire insists that the project is still at a very early stage. However, the team behind the film are due back in Yorkshire next month to continue work on it.
The chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire played a big part in getting the cycle ride to the county – and is likely to be rewarded with a place in the film. Although it’s far too early to speculate on who might play him, his triumph over adversity is certain to feature large.
After all, cinema goers love seeing the underdog succeed. As they say in Yorkshire, that’s champion.