Mike Bassett: Interim Manager - Make the new film a reality!
Mike Bassett: Interim Manager - Make the new film a reality!
Mike Bassett is back, and we need you to make the new film a reality. It won't happen without you, so get involved now!
Mike Bassett is back, and we need you to make the new film a reality. It won't happen without you, so get involved now! Read more
Pre-buy the movie for just £15, or any of the other rewards, to make the new film a reality! Without you, there won't be a sequel. So get involved now, even £1 will get us closer to our target!
See the teaser trailer for the project below. Remember, the film won't happen without your help. We will not actually take any money until, and unless, the project is fully funded, so don't hold back!
Played by Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family, Brookside), Mike Bassett entered every football fan's consciousness in 2001 as Martin Bashir documented his exploits as England manager. His hilarious mixture of passion and ineptitude has made Bassett a byword for all that is right and wrong about English football.
When nobody else could or would take the England manager job over a decade ago, Bassett somehow led them to the semi-finals of the World Cup where they were finally beaten by Brazil (but equalled their best performance since winning the '66 World Cup). Since then however, Mike Bassett has fallen down the ladder to the lowest of the lower divisions...
From director Steve Barron:
Over a decade ago I read an early draft treatment of Mike Bassett - England Manager by Rob Sprackling and John Smith that changed my mind about football in the cinema. Before that I was always the doubter who felt you couldn’t bottle the emotional connection to a game of football for the big screen. But the clever mix of humour and reality and familiar characterisation made me a total convert.
Two years ago I was flicking through the back pages of the Daily Mirror and I saw the headline ‘Crafty Harry v whining Wenger? These days it’s like putting Guardiola up against Mike Bassett’. In the article there was no reference to Bassett being a fictional movie character, nothing that said he was any different from Harry Redknapp. It brought home what I was already beginning to realise from other recent articles in the Times, Sports Illustrated, the Telegraph, etc; Mike Bassett had seeped into football folklore. Maybe it was time to make a sequel?
We didn't know if we would ever be able to make the sequel, until I thought about Kickstarter. I've been active for a couple of years in this community, quietly backing a few projects and really enjoying what I got out of supporting them. We need you to get involved if we are to make this film a reality. I've enjoyed becoming a part of the Kickstarter campaigns I have backed, and know that you'll enjoy being a part of this one.
Mike Bassett was always a 'manager of the people', so lets make this a film of the people, by the people.
Sprackling, Smith and myself developed the script until what we now have is a hilarious, often hysterical, exciting, poignant look at the world of English football through the eyes of a passionate, well-intentioned, sometimes inept, often disastrous and regularly loveable character. He was out of his depth in the first film, but this time round Bassett finds himself a complete fish-out-of-water!
Bassett has had a descent into the depths of international management, and is struggling with the Iranian ladies football team in Tehran. Meanwhile the England set-up is being efficiently and successfully managed by his former number two from his Bundesliga third division days, Jorgen Mannstein (who has the team sailing through their World Cup qualifiers). In his usual style, Bassett offends almost all of Iran, and so is soon back looking for another job. It doesn't take long for him to get a call from his old friend Mannstein, leading to his being drafted back into the England fold to work under the brilliant German on his coaching staff.
Yet, 'unforeseen' circumstances occur, forcing Bassett into becoming England's Interim Manager for the rest of the World Cup, as he soon comes to realise just how questionable his prospects are.
Alongside a fabulous cast and crew we have every intention of making this film next year. From a directors point of view I am pushing hard to keep the quality, scale and believability of the first film. So that we can shoot in the right stadiums, create really convincing crowdshots, and have the length of production time to make the scenes and gags work to the max, we want to get you involved.
Knowing that financing a movie now is an even more daunting prospect than it was back then, producer Leo Pearlman and I are looking to Kickstarter to raise a portion of the funds. We’ve followed this exciting new way of getting the right projects made at the right level. Not only would our movie see benefit on-screen from any financial contribution but it can act as a serious gauge for the distributor to see the enthusiasm of the audience.
Without you, we can't make this film. There are avenues of finance we used for the first film that just don't exist anymore. That we can make this film together with its audience is a thrilling thought. It may well be the future for our film industry. I hope so.
Steve Barron - Director of Mike Bassett: Interim Manager
We're offering you the chance to be a part of the next chapter in the Mike Bassett saga. Through simply buying the exciting rewards along the right of this page, you will help Mike Bassett: Interim Manager get closer to reality.
We have a variety of rewards for backers, from copies of the film, to posters, to clothing, to chances to join us on set or even appear in the film (as an extra, or as a featured speaking part!) This is top quality stuff for any discerning Mike Bassett fan, or football fan, or anyone really!
We'll be introducing new rewards throughout the campaign, and taking your feedback on what you'd like to see. Look out for one-off special items and opportunities, and make sure to get involved at any level to ensure you get to be a part of the behind the scenes backer-only content that will continue throughout the film all the way up to release.
Risks and challenges
If we raise the money we are aiming for via Kickstarter, this film will get made. Everyone involved in this film is a working professional within the film industry, with decades of collective experience.
That said, this is a movie, and stories are re-worked long after the script is written and release dates change. Our cast are date dependent, and we will update on their attachment as soon as we know more.
Everything we are promising, we know to be true as of now, and we do not foresee any issues with getting rewards to backers. However, we will always maintain effective and regular communication with our backers, to resolve any issues that may occur with rewards (again, we do not foresee this occurring).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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