Steve Coogan has co-penned new films with Jeff Pope – and he’s planning to direct a movie for the first time.

Steve Coogan’s latest collaboration with director Michael Winterbottom, Greed, has just been pushed back by Sony to a February release. It got warm reviews at the London Film Festival, and just how much the film hits presumably depends on whether it notches up any awards interest.

Still, whilst we wait for that to play out, Coogan has been chatting to The Hollywood Reporter about some future projects. And he’s confirmed for the first time that he’s looking to direct a movie for the first time.

He confirmed that he’s in the midst of making an Alan Partridge documentary for television first, and he plans to shoot next year a film he’s penned with his regularly collaborator – Jeff Pope – about the woman who discovered the remains of Richard III a few years’ back in a car park.

But then he wants to direct Foxglove, a film that he and Pope also wrote. As Coogan told The Hollywood Reporter, “it’s set in the 1970s about a 10-year-old boy who uses a fantasy that he’s a secret agent to get over the death of his mother. It’s about how a child deals with bereavement”.

It sounds still some way away, but as we hear more, we’ll keep you posted.

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