Ashleigh & Pudsey, the dancing dog act that were landslide victors of Britain’s Got Talent‘s season 6, have been confirmed for their next career move, with the duo set to star as themselves in a movie telling the story of their rise to fame in 2012.
The cinematic release, which is being given the working title of ‘Pudsey: The Movie‘, will begin filming later this year through Vertigo Films (The Firm, StreetDance, Horrid Henry: The Movie) in association with Simon Cowell-owned Syco Entertainment (who are also responsible for Britain’s Got Talent).
While it would be a film acting debut for handler Ashleigh Roberts, her pet has already been in BBC direct-to-TV film Mr. Stink (based on a children’s novel created by Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams), and in addition to various children’s TV presenting roles, the double act also made a guest appearance in pantomime over the winter.
Jonathan Shalit, the agent of Ashleigh & Pudsey, said of the role: “The British people love Pudsey. He has met the Queen and was invited to 10 Downing Street by the Prime Minister. This represents a hugely exciting next step.”
Vertigo Film’s Rupert Preston added of the confirmed news: “We’re delighted to be developing this idea with Syco and we can’t wait to bring Pudsey to the big screen. It will be great, feel-good, fun entertainment for all the family.”
Set to be released by Christmas 2013, Pudsey: The Movie will join another Britain’s Got Talent life story, a James Corden-led film called One Chance, based on the rise to fame of opera singer Paul Potts, who won the first season of the talent contest. While the movie studios will be pleased with the new ‘life stories’ that they have acquired for a big-screen conversion treatment, is the tale of Ashleigh & Pudsey in particular one that can be stretched out to cover a full-length feature film?
For people that do not want to see a potentially ‘creative interpretation’ of Pudsey’s life, you can entertain yourself with a clip of the reality, where the act performs dog tricks to the theme song of movie series Mission Impossible…