Kirk Jones film project scuppered

12 02 2013

Among the celebrations over the announcement that Bristol City will be redeveloping their current home at Ashton Gate rather than moving to a new stadium in Ashton Vale, one famous Robins fan who now mingles in Hollywood circles must be in two minds.

Kirk Jones and Cameron DiazFilm director Kirk Jones (right, with Cameron Diaz), who was brought up in Long Ashton and found fame both writing and directing Waking Ned, had been planning a future film set against the background of Bristol City’s new stadium development.

The film would have been shot over two years, following two boys as the stadium takes shape behind their homes.

Talking to the Evening Post in 2010, he said: “I loved the idea that the lads kick a football about on the wasteland at the start of the film, knowing that the spot where they’re playing will one day be the place where their heroes will play football in front of thousands of fans each week.”

Jones even got so far as to hold open auditions for the two boys at Ashton Gate, which attracted 250 wannabe stars.

But as anyone who has followed the Ashton Vale stadium saga will know, what he called “wasteland” was later designated as Village Green, scuppering the club’s best-laid plans, and now probably the film project with it.

Former Backwell School pupil Jones started his film career in advertising, making the award-winning Absolut Vodka TV ads in the early 1990s. Following Waking Ned, he went on to helm Nanny McPhee and Everybody’s Fine.

His latest film, 2012’s What To Expect When You’re Expecting, starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez, was panned by the critics but took more than $40 million at the US box office.


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