Whether it’s television to film or film to television, adaptations between the two mediums are in full swing at the moment. Universal Pictures, Screen Yorkshire and DJ Films have announced a film adaptation of BBC’s Dad’s Army is on the way, and they’ve already got quite a large cast on board.
Bill Nighy and Catherine Zeta-Jones lead the cast of the upcoming Dad’s Army movie, which also includes Tom Courtenay, Mark Gatiss, Blake Harrison, Danny Mays, Bill Paterson, Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman, and Annette Crosbie.
Oliver Parker, director of The Importance of Being Earnest, Dorian Gray, and Johnny English Reborn, has been placed at the helm. The screenplay comes from Hamish McColl, who penned Johnny English Reborn and Mr. Bean’s Holiday.
The film’s plot, according to EW, “revolves around the British army’s Home Guard in Walmington-on-Sea just as World War II is about to reach its climax. The Guard has been tasked with patrolling the Dover army base, but as a journalist (Zeta-Jones) arrives on the scene to write about their mission and word of a spy among their ranks breaks out, the outcome of the entire war becomes threatened.”
The original BBC television series ran from 1968 to 1977, and told of the misadventures of the local voluntary defence force in the fictional town of Walmington-On-Sea during WWII. The sitcom was quite successful, often reaching an audience of 18 million viewers during its 9 seasons and 80 episodes. Dad’s Army has actually already seen a film adaptation; a 1971 film by Columbia Pictures that told of the platoon’s creation. It received mixed reviews.