The ongoing collaboration between Steve Coogan and director Michael Winterbottom is the gift that keeping giving. They scored big on the small screen earlier this year with the fantastic six-part, two-hander comedy The Trip, having previously ventured into similar meta territory (and to great critical acclaim) with features 24 Hour Party People and A Cock and Bull Story.
Now The Playlist is reporting that the duo is set to reteam for an adaptation of the life of British pornographer and strip club owner Paul Raymond. Under the working title of Paul Raymond’s Wonderful World of Erotica (which sounds like it could have been one of Coogan’s comic creations for TV), the film will follow the fortunes of Raymond, a club proprietor and magazine magnate who was also an incredibly wealthy individual, owning vast amounts of property in London’s Soho area.
Raymond lived a colourful life which had its fair share of tragedies (his daughter died of a heroin overdose and he became mixed up in various criminal activities), but if anyone can inhabit that larger-than-life persona, Coogan is surely up for the task, as he more than adequately demonstrated in his portrayal of legendary Manchester figure, Tony Wilson in Winterbottom’s 2002 biopic.