Break out the bunting, we've heard the long-waited new project from legendary British satirist Chris Morris is close to completion. The star of The Day Today and creator of such seminal shows as Brass Eye and Jam has been hard at work this summer directing Four Lions, a feature that promises to do for British Jihadis what his Brass Eye special did for the mass hysteria surrounding child abuse.
When news broke earlier this year about the BBC’s refusal to fund the secretive new Morris send-up, an online campaign quickly gathered pace. Would-be benefactors emerged from the woodwork in their thousands in response to an email circular titled "Funding Mentalism" that is believed to have come from Morris' office. Such was the response that Channel 4 stepped in to back the project, which should hit cinemas later this year.
An email today from the Funding Mentalism team had this to report: “The film that you helped & encouraged is now all but fully shot. Its small tornado of industry is now trapped and humming in a box. You may be disappointed to learn that the need for you to run a marathon has diminished but we thought you’d be pleased to know why.
“The edit is well underway and we will complete filming well before the end of the year. In the meantime – if you haven’t noticed us doing press ups in SWAT or blowing up shopping centres in Greenwich, here are some pictures from the shoot you have supported.”
Although, as with all Morris projects, details remain sketchy, we do understand that Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, the writing team behind Peep Show, have contributed to the script. IMDb Pro also lists Kevin Eldon, who has worked with Bill Bailey and Stewart Lee, as being attached to Four Lions.
The film, which is being made on a budget of £4 million, has been described by an insider as "a funny, thrilling fictional story that illuminates modern British jihad with an insight beyond anything else in our culture. As Spinal Tap understood heavy metal and Dr Strangelove the Cold War, Four Lions understands modern British jihadis."
Expect Daily Mail readers to go into meltdown.