Breaking: An Alexander McQueen film is happening, and it will likely begin production this year. According to an announcement on Deadline this morning, a biopic based on the life, works, and sudden passing of Lee Alexander McQueen is set to be directed by Andrew Haigh.
The film will be a biographical account of the British designer based in part—but not entirely—on the book by Andrew Wilson, Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin ($22). The screenplay is currently being written by playwright Chris Urch, and the story will include other elements attained through Urch's research. The film is set to begin production six years after McQueen's passing: The designer took his life at the age of 40 in 2010.
McQueen's work impacted the fashion world immensely: His designs include his creations for French luxury label Givenchy and the collections presented from his beloved namesake label, Alexander McQueen, which operated under the Gucci Group during his time as creative director. McQueen's work earned recognition by both the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the British Fashion Council several times during his lifetime.