- Nigel Farage / Twitter
A major Hollywood studio is about to sign a £60 million ($78 million) deal to dramatise the events that led to Brexit, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
The newspaper said an agreement will be signed in Los Angeles next month to adapt book “The Bad Boys of Brexit,” in which millionaire and Leave.EU donor Arron Banks chronicles the “tales of mischief, mayhem, and guerrilla warfare” during the EU referendum campaign.
The newspaper reported in December that Warner Bros was in talks with Banks about the film, but did not disclose the name of the studio in its Sunday report. Warner Bros did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
It is also not clear what form the project will take. The Telegraph said it would be a “six-part film.” It remains to be seen whether it will be a movie franchise or a television series.
The Telegraph was clear, however, on who the protagonists will be. Banks, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, and American pollster Gerry Gunster – the self-styled “bad boys of Brexit,” or “Brex Pistols” – will be main characters, it said.
The three men were part of a cohort of Leave.EU campaigners to visit Trump shortly after his election victory last year. Farage was the first foreign politician to visit the then-president-elect.
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LBC radio presenter Iain Dale, whose publishing company produced Banks’ book, told The Telegraph that the scriptwriters “can capture the humour and chaos displayed in the book.”
If all goes to plan, casting will take place this autumn, filming will start in the New Year, and the series will air next April. Dale, Farage, and Banks are expected to be executive producers.
“The main question is Danny DeVito is available to play Arron Banks,” Dale said. Banks appeared to be excited by the idea on Twitter.
Various Twitter users – including Banks himself – also offered suggestions on who should play Farage, including Colin Firth and Kevin Spacey. The Telegraph reported that Benedict Cumberbatch had been considered for the role.
But Farage appeared to prefer more authenticity, telling The Telegraph: “I think I should play me. I am really good at being me.”
Kevin spacey would be good for Nigel , although he would love to play himself ! https://t.co/JiYG9m7UTV
— Arron Banks (@Arron_banks) August 13, 2017
The movie industry appears to have an appetite for one of the most shocking years in politics. Earlier this year, Netflix released “Get Me Roger Stone,” a documentary exploring the career of the political operative who played an influential role in Trump’s election campaign.