EXCLUSIVE– A heavyweight line-up of talent is assembling for Brit comedy feature Mindhorn. Written by Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby of cult fave The Mighty Boosh, and directed by award-winning theatre director Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote) who makes his feature debut here, Mindhorn is produced by Jack Arbuthnott at Scott Free and Laura Hastings-Smith in association with Baby Cow.
BBC Films have developed the project and will also co-finance along with Isle of Man and Pinewood Pictures, BBC Films, the BFI Film Fund and StudioCanal, who have taken UK and Ireland rights. Protagonist Pictures is selling the film internationally.
Principal photography commences July 27 on the Isle of Man. The project’s logline is sure to get fans of The Mighty Boosh, and that show’s unique sense of humor, foaming at the mouth with excitement. When MI5 Special Operative Bruce Mindhorn was captured in the late 1980s, his eye was replaced by a super-advanced optical lie detector, which meant he could literally “see the truth.” He escaped and fled to the Isle of Man, to recuperate in the island’s temperate microclimate, and today has become the best plain-clothes detective the island has ever seen.
No word yet on casting although the project is likely to prove a hot ticket for agents and audiences alike.