The much-anticipated feature film adaptation of cult British mockumentary People Just Do Nothing is now in production, with Focus Features and BBC Films backing the project.
After five seasons of the series on the BBC and Netflix and two BAFTA wins, People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan is shooting in Japan and the U.K. for six weeks, with the film set to be released in August across the U.K. and Ireland, where Universal will handle distribution.
Following a group of friends — led by Chabuddy G — who run the pirate radio station Kurupt FM, People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan shifts the focus to Asia after the boys hear that one of their songs has been used on a popular game show in Japan. They've made it! Their music is reaching hundreds of thousands of people! It's finally time for them to enjoy the fame and fortune that they've always known they deserved.
The film stars Allan Mustafa MC Grindah, Hugo Chegwin DJ Beats, Asim Chaudhry Chabuddy G, Steve Stamp Steves, Dan Sylvester Decoy, Lily Brazier Miche, Hitomi Souno Miki and Ken Yamamura Taka.
People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan is written by Steve Stamp and Allan Mustafa, with additional material by Asim Chaudhry, Hugo Chegwin and Lily Brazier. The film is directed by Jack Clough People Just Do Nothing, Skins and produced by Claire Jones Ghost Stories, The Festival and Tim Sealey for Roughcut.
"Japan is the most advanced city in the world so it makes perfect sense that they would recognize our lyrical talent," said MC Grindah. "We can't wait to go over there and completely destroy the music scene. In a good way."
Added Chabuddy G: "You know me, I can sell anything mate. Ice to an Eskimo, halal meat to a racist vegan ... selling garage music to Japan is water off a duck's beak mate.”
The film is a Roughcut production and was developed by BBC Films and BBC Comedy. It is the first ever BBC Three series to be developed into a feature film. Focus Features and BBC Films financed the project and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film in the U.K. and Ireland.
Executive producers are Ash Atalla, Jon Petrie and Christos Michaels for Roughcut, Rose Garnett for BBC Films and Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy.
Right now, everyone is looking for some kind of reprieve from being locked up at home due to the spread of the coronavirus across the United States. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards anytime soon, but The Office executive producers Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman think they’ve figured out a way to make light of the situation by crafting a new workplace comedy series inspired by the sudden rise in employees working from home due to the outbreak of coronavirus forcing people to practice social distancing.
Deadline was first to learn of the currently untitled coronavirus comedy series, though it’s not necessarily about the pandemic. Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, better known to The Office fans as the frequently maligned Toby Flenderson and one of Jim’s business partners at their company Athlead, are creating the series that is said to focus on “wunderkind boss who, in an effort to ensure his staff’s connectedness and productivity, asks them all to virtually interact and work face-to-face all day.”
The series is in the works at Big Breakfast, the comedy production banner Silverman runs, where he’ll executive produce the series along with and Luke Kelly-Clyne College Humor and Kevin Healey Scare Tactics. They’ll also be working with Howard Owens’ Propagate Content, which will have Rodney Ferrell serving as an executive producer as well.
Silverman, who was also once an NBC executive, explained the inception of the series and his hope for what it will become:
“So many of us are jumping on daily Zoom meetings — for work and beyond. We are in a new normal and are personally navigating ways to remain connected and productive at work and in our home lives. With the brilliant Paul Lieberstein at the helm, we think we have a series that not only brings humor and comfort during this troubling time but will also be an inventive and enduring workplace comedy for years to come.”
While the prospect of trying to craft a series around the coronavirus outbreak sounds like a bad idea at this time, there’s no indication that the pandemic will actually play a part in the overall concept of the series. In fact, it would be easy to pull something like this off without introducing such a grim plot device.
What I’m envisioning with this series is a show with a format that echoes what we’ve seen accomplished with movies like Unfriended and Searching. Both of those films play out entirely on computer or mobile device screens and successfully tell a solid narrative. Modern Family did something similar with an episode that unfolded across the ensemble cast’s various screens, and it worked pretty well. But if that’s what this series will be like, can that concept be sustained for an entire series? Or will they need to take...