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Take That stage musical to become movie

By | Published on Thursday 25 June 2020

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A Take That movie is in the works. But if you’re hoping for a big tell-all about the ups and downs of their career, you’re going to be disappointed. Titled ‘Greatest Days’, the movie will be based on stage musical ‘The Band’, which uses Take That’s music but tells the story of five fans.

Assuming the film sticks to the story laid out by the stage show, it tells the tale of five women who were best friends, bonded by a love of Take That, as teenagers. Over the years they grow apart, but come back together as adults to fulfil a dream of seeing the group perform live.

On stage, the band themselves are played by actors who were originally selected through BBC TV show ‘Let It Shine’. Without the excuse of not being available every single day of the week to perform live, many will now be wondering if Take That themselves will perform in the movie. This isn’t clear.

The band’s younger selves feature throughout the stage show, which presents some logistical issues if they were to appear in the film, and that’s before you even get to the problem of two members no longer being part of the group.

Anyway, I’m sure they’ll work all that out. For now, Jonathan Kier, president of Sierra/Affinity, the company making the film, says this: “’Greatest Days’ is a captivating story featuring the iconic music of Take That that we know will transport and resonate with audiences around the world”.

Take That themselves add: “’Greatest Days’ is a film dedicated to all those who have supported us throughout the years. It puts a mirror on our audience – it’s a celebration of our music but it’s literally all about the fans and their friendships”.

“Our fans have been on a 30 year journey with us and we have an incredibly strong bond with them, so seeing that they will be represented on screen by such a strong, talented cast is incredibly exciting”, they continue.

Oh yeah, the talented cast. As far as we know, the film hasn’t actually been officially cast as yet. Although Ruth Wilson, Cush Jumbo and Rosamund Pike are said to be in negotiations to act in it. The screenplay will be written by Tim Firth, who wrote the original stage show. And, obviously, there will be songs by Take That. Lots and lots of songs by Take That. What fun.