Scotch on the rocks

Whisky Galore remake planned

Film-makers are planning a remake of the 1949 Ealing comedy Whisky Galore!

Producers have launched a fundraising drive to find the £400,000 needed to start work on the movie, which they hope to shoot next year.

They are approaching small investors to buy shares in the film,  which should then help unlock £14 million from other funding sources.

Producer Ed Crozier told the BBC:  “This is a speculative investment but hopefully, with the pedigree that the film has already got on board, we will be able to deliver what we promise.”

Supporters of the project include Sean Connery, who is quoted in the investor prospectus saying: "I welcome this project and wish the impressive creative team well in bringing it to fruition. Whisky Galore is a masterly work.”

The original black and white comedy was based on a true story of how locals plundered the cargo of 50,000 cases of Scotch from the SS Politician when she sank off the Outer Hebrides during the Second World War.

If all goes to plan, the remake should be released in 2006.

Published: 29 Jul 2004

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