Take That musical 'The Band' is being turned into a movie by Gary, Robbie, Mark and Howard

24 April 2020, 15:58

Take That musical 'The Band' is being turned into a movie by Gary, Robbie, Mark and Howard
Take That musical 'The Band' is being turned into a movie by Gary, Robbie, Mark and Howard. Picture: PA

By Rory O'Connor

Take That's musical The Band, which saw a run in the West End, is being turned into a film, it has been revealed.

Take That’s Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Mark Owen and Howard Donald will executive produce the film, the same as they did for The Band.

Producers hope to start filming later this year and are said to be in the casting process for the film, which is set to be titled Greatest Days.

Danny Perkins, chief executive of the Elysian Film Group in London, said: “We’re putting it together, and once all the serious things settle down, we can get on with making it.”

Tim Firth penned the musical, which began touring in 2017 and told the story of five teenage schoolgirls who were obsessed with a boy band in the early 90s.

In November 2018, Take That revealed they were planning make a film in 2019.

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Gary explained: “We are going to make a film of our musical 'The Band' next year, we are all signed off on that now.

“Tim Firth is doing the film script and we are going to shoot next summer. Again we can get involved with the music and that will keep us busy after the tour next year.”

Take That musical 'The Band' is being turned into a movie by Gary, Robbie, Mark and Howard
Take That musical 'The Band' is being turned into a movie by Gary, Robbie, Mark and Howard. Picture: PA

Tim told the Daily Mail: “A tragedy happens, then we jump forward 25 years to see the women those girls became and they realise they were fools to have been apart for so long.

“It’s about friendship and the power of the songs they loved. The band and the bits are secondary; it’s about the fans who loved them.”

Mel Giedroyc’s sister Coky Giedroyc is set to direct the film, which will also include a number of Take That songs, such as ‘Could It Be Magic’ and ‘Relight My Fire’.

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