The life of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen is set to get the cinematic treatment courtesy of Andrew Haigh. The Weekend director will direct the biopic that will also be produced by Damian Jones and Pathe. Breakout playwright, Chris Urch, has been tapped to pen the project.
Jones originally optioned McQueen’s biography, Blood Beneath The Skin by Andrew Wilson, but the biopic will not be based on the book. Instead, it will be a source of research for the film.
Based in London, McQueen started as an apprentice on London’s Savile Row. He designed clothing for world leaders like Prince Charles and Mikhael Gorbachev and celebrities like David Bowie, Lady Gaga, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
McQueen became famous for his tailoring skills and his runways shows were spectacles that transformed the landscape of fashion. He was openly gay and dealt with failed relationships as well as drug dependence. His life ended in tragedy when he committed suicide in February 2010 after his mother died of cancer.
In addition to Weekend, Haigh is known for the Academy Award and BAFTA-nominated drama, 45 Years with Charolette Rampling and Tom Courtenay. He also served as a co-producer, director, and writer for the HBO series Looking starring Jonathan Groff, which lasted two seasons. The series is set to end with a movie later this year.
Haigh is repped by CAA.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer