Winterbottom to make Erotica
by Naman Ramachandran
Prolific British director Michael Winterbottom will make a film on the life of porn king Paul Raymond. The film has the working title Paul Raymond’s Wonderful World of Erotica.
Comedian Steve Coogan, who starred in Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People [+see also:
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Raymond launched the UK’s first strip club, Raymond Revue Bar, in 1958 and also published skin magazines Razzle, Mayfair and Men Only. He later became a millionaire property magnate and died in 2008.
Winterbottom is currently in production on his India-set adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Ubervilles, Trishna, starring Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed. Another Winterbottom project, Bailout, based on Jess Walter’s novel The Financial Life of the Poets and starring Jack Black, has also been announced.
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