Boys of Brexit' headed for screen, says Farage associate
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[January 02, 2017]
By Estelle Shirbon
LONDON (Reuters) - Three
film production companies including Netflix are
interested in making a warts-and-all screen
dramatization of Nigel Farage's insurgent Brexit
campaign, according to an associate of Farage.
This would be another extraordinary twist for Farage, who
from the fringes of British politics achieved his life's goal
when Britons voted to leave the European Union last June, and
has since befriended U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
The project would be based on "The Bad Boys of Brexit", an
account of Farage's campaign by Arron Banks, a multi-millionaire
British insurance tycoon who bankrolled the campaign, according
to Andy Wigmore, a spokesman for Banks.
"We have three interested parties in the rights to the book and
we will be meeting representatives from three studios including
a Netflix representative on Jan. 19 in Washington DC," Wigmore
told Reuters in a text message.
Farage, Banks, Wigmore and others in their circle will travel to
Washington for Trump's inauguration as president, which will
take place on Jan. 20.
"We have invited all of them (the studio representatives) to our
pre-inaugural drinks party ... We have also invited many of
Trump's team to the event," said Wigmore.
Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Sunday Telegraph newspaper earlier reported that Hollywood
studio Warner Bros. was also interested, but it was unclear from
Wigmore's texts to Reuters whether those who have approached
Banks included representatives of Warner Bros.
The subtitle of Banks' book is "Tales of Mischief, Mayhem and
Guerrilla Warfare in the EU Referendum Campaign". It is
described on its publisher's website as "an honest, uncensored
and highly entertaining diary of the campaign that changed the
course of history".
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Asked whether Farage was likely to appear as himself in any screen
adaptation of his campaign, Wigmore said: "Yes we all expect to make
a Quentin Tarantino appearance", a reference to the director's cameo
appearances in his own movies.
Despite handing over the reins of the anti-EU party UKIP to a
successor in November, Farage, typically pictured with pint of beer
in hand, remains the most prominent face of Brexit in the eyes of
many Britons and is rarely out of the headlines.
He spoke at a Trump rally during the U.S. presidential election
campaign and visited the president-elect at Trump Tower after his
election. A picture of the two men smiling broadly in front of a
pair of golden doors circulated widely.
Trump later embarrassed Prime Minister Theresa May's government by
tweeting that many people would like to see Farage represent Britain
as ambassador to the United States. The government responded that
there was no vacancy.
(Editing by Adrian Croft)
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