class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-78829″ title=”martin_0804″ src=”×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”220″ height=”150″ />Variety are reporting that Coldplay are venturing into the world of film financing in the production of contemporary film noir Ashes.

The film has a budget of under £5 million, which will in part be provided by the band, CinemaNX (supported by the Isle of Man Government), private investor Merzbau, and Fiesta Productions.

Little is known in terms of plot details yet, but the script has been co-written by Mat Whitecross and Paul Viragh (who wrote Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), and will be directed by Whitecross (who directed the same Viragh-written film).

Ashes has already landed a very strong leading British trio, with the ever popular Ray Winstone, the BAFTA-nominated Lesley Manville, and the rising star Jim Sturgess all attached to the project.

Filming is set to begin next week on the Isle of Man. The Disappearance Of Alice Creed, another film produced by CinemaNX and filmed on the Isle of Man, similarly had a very strong British cast and is one of my personal favourite British films of recent years, so here’s to hoping that Ashes will soon be joining that list.

Whilst Coldplay have not had anything to do with films on this scale before, the band have naturally gained experience in a big way through the creation of their music videos, and so will not be coming to the project entirely overwhelmed or out of their depth. They have had a meteoric rise to fame in the past decade, and I hope the news of their involvement in this film project will be the first of several to come. I do, however, hope that their production role in this film won’t completely consume their schedule, because I cannot wait to hear their next record, which should be released by the end of this year.

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Since graduating, I spend as much time as possible watching films/TV shows, reading books, and listening to music. So getting to write about what I love is nothing short of awesome. Biggest film-related hope for 2014/ever: Guy Ritchie announcing the RocknRolla sequel is finally moving forward.