Bake Off: The Movie Announced

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Sometimes, you hear a name and realise they have missed their true calling in life. For instance, Mini Driver is wasted as an actress, and should definitely have a business card stating her profession as “BMW Test Driver”, and Tom Cruise would have had a much more successful career as a singer/dancer on a large Caribbean Ocean Liner. Paul Hollywood clearly feels wasted as a slightly chubby man who can make posh cakes and flans, as he is set to become a star of actual Hollywood next year.

One of the biggest hits on UK television over the last few years has been Great British Bake Off, with millions of useless bakers tuning in every week to see people who can actually bake testing every aspect of their baking skills as they battle it out to become crowned Britain’s best amateur baker (never has the word “bake” been used so often in one sentence before). It seems the actual Hollywood is looking to cash in on the current love for all things cake based, and is looking to turn the TV series into a hit movie drama.

Bake Off: The Movie has been announced by Universal Pictures, with director John Woo (Bulletproof Monk, Mission: Impossible II) taking his seat in the directors chair. Making the move from Olympic rings to electric hob rings, Danny Boyle (who directed the London 2012 opening ceremony) is in talks to write the script, which may, or may not, include several other ring based jokes.

Paul Hollywood, despite his name, is unlikely to star in the film despite his best efforts, as unlike his meringues, his acting performances are pretty flat. Michael Douglas has been approached to play the role of the smooth talking ladies man, but rumours are that Christoph Waltz (pictured) is top of John Woo’s menu. Dame Judy Dench has been linked with playing Mary Berry, the expert cake baking co host of the hit TV show. Adding the laughs to the TV show is comedy duo Mel and Sue, and Universal have already signed up Bridesmaids Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy to provide the hilarious interviews with contestants during their baking challenges.

 

No real clues have been given to the script yet, but in an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Nolan said “The basic idea is that a young New York guy, who struggles to fit into school and the typical American way of life, finds solace in baking flapjacks, and realises the only way to impress the love of his life is to enter the Bake Off TV show. However, he finds out on the first live show that he is up against her for the right to go through to the semi finals, so has to choose between hurting the one he loves to taste success, or deliberately burning his Banana Sponge cake to let her win. It’s a real test of his head, and his heart.”

It’s quite a gamble for director John Woo, who is more at home making hard hitting action movies, but perhaps the worldwide success of the Bake Off programme is enough to make him realise he will have a sure fire hit on his hands. Bake Off: The Movie is scheduled for release in December 2016.

Christian started writing film reviews at school for a local paper. Since then he has written for BBC Radio 4's Newsjack and The London Film Review. He also writes and presents a comedy show on AbingdonXtra, an Oxfordshire based radio station.