'45 Years' director to helm Alexander McQueen biopic
After directing Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay in the moving marital drama 45 Years, Andrew Haigh has lined up his next project: a biopic of fashion icon Alexander McQueen.
According to Deadline, which first reported the news, Haigh has signed on to direct the film from a script by playwright Chris Urch. Damian Jones and Pathe are producing, and the project is expected to enter production by the end of the year. Haigh confirmed his involvement on Twitter.
Known for his outrageous and extravagant designs, McQueen was a red-carpet staple, and the British fashion designer dressed everyone from Mikhail Gorbachev and Prince Charles to Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker. Born to a London taxi driver, McQueen got his start on Savile Row as an apprentice, and his star rapidly rose until he was one of the most recognizable names in fashion. He was also deeply entrenched in music and pop culture, famously dressing music icons like Bjork and Lady Gaga. McQueen also styled David Bowie on several of his ‘90s tours and designed the coat Bowie wore on the Earthling album cover.
McQueen’s glamorous life, however, was also marked by tragedy, and a few days after his mother’s death, he committed suicide at the age of 40.
Haigh recently directed 45 Years, which earned Rampling an Oscar nod for best actress. He also produced and directed several episodes of the HBO series Looking.