Alexander McQueen Biopic to Hit the Big Screen

Finally—a film about the fabulous life of the late designer Alexander McQueen is coming to the silver screen.

According to Deadline, British director Andrew Haigh, the man behind 45 Years and Weekend, is working on a film about haute couture darling McQueen, a man who was named four-time British fashion designer of the year, who worked with David Bowie on his 2006-2007 tour wardrobe and who fashioned clothing for the likes of Prince Charles, Lady Gaga and Mikhail Gorbachev. 

McQueen, who committed suicide in 2010, just nine days after the death of his mother, struggled with drug addiction late in his career. His shows were dramatic and sometimes pointedly savage; he wanted to make social and historical commentary with both his clothing and with the accompanying catwalk shows.

Thus far, the British-born fashion designer has certainly been commemorated posthumously. The stunningMetropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibit “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” has traveled from Manhattan to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum from 2011-2016; he has also been honored as the theme of the touted Met Ball; he is the subject of Blood Beneath the Skin, a biography written by Andrew Wilson; and the TV movie McQueen and I.

That said, his story is certainly made for the big screen. The film will be based on a script by playwright Chris Urch, author of Land of Our Fathers and The Rolling Stone. It is being said that the script will be based on Wilson’s book.

The director of the anticipated biopic, Haigh, is currently in the spotlight for 45 Years, a movie cited as many film critics as one of the best of 2015, earning its star, French actress Charlotte Rampling, a best actress Oscar nomination. Rampling and her co-star, Tom Courtenay,  also received accolades at the London Critics’ Circle awards last week.