Jun 25, 2015

Tradecraft: Mighty Boosh Star Julian Barrett Gets MI5 Upgrade

Bonafide comedy genius Julian Barrett (The Mighty Boosh, Nathan Barley) has cooked up a comedy feature with a spy angle, according to Deadline. Barrett and his fellow Boosh actor Simon Farnaby (MI-High) have cooked up a movie called Mindhorn, about an MI5 agent named Bruce Mindhorn who was captured in the late 1980s and had his eye was replaced by a super-advanced optical lie detector, "which meant he could literally 'see the truth.' He escaped and fled to the Isle of Man, to recuperate in the island’s temperate micro-climate, and today has become the best plain-clothes detective the island has ever seen." If this is anywhere near as Mighty Boosh-meets-Spy In Your Eye as it sounds, I will be in heaven! Acclaimed theater director Sean Foley ("The Play What I Wrote") will make his feature directing debut, and Scott Free's Jack Arbuthnott will produce with Laura Hastings-Smith in association with Steve Coogan's Baby Cow. No casting has been announced, but they better get on that quick, because filming is scheduled to begin on the Isle of Man on July 27. I certainly hope that Barrett himself is starring as Mindhorn, but perhaps they're after a bigger name. Whoever it is, I can't wait to see this! The Mighty Boosh is pretty much the greatest thing ever, and when you take half the Boosh team and add a dash of spies, I expect nothing short of greatness.

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