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Madeleine McCann Movie Deal

The Mirror reports: Madeleine McCann: The movie

The story of Madeleine McCann's disappearance may be turned into a big budget movie.

Her parents hope it could bring in millions for the fast dwindling Find Madeleine fund, set up after the four-year-old vanished from a holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Kate and Gerry's advisers held talks in London before Christmas with two producers and a director representing entertainment agency IMG. They also met ITV executives about making a factual drama.

The couple are negotiating a multi-million pound book deal and hope to sell TV interviews.
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Sources said the movie project will be discussed at a meeting tonight of the fund's directors in the couple's home town of Rothley, Leics.

Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell told the Mirror: "We had a discussion with IMG a month ago and that's as far as we have got.

On BBC: Madeleine movie reports dismissed

Writing on his online blog, Madeleine's father Gerry McCann said speculation about a film deal was "simply untrue".

However, he did confirm there had been talks with a production company about making a documentary on the couple.

He said projects were assessed to see if they could help find Madeleine, who disappeared in Portugal, just before her fourth birthday, last May.

'Simply untrue'

Writing on his blog on Tuesday, Mr McCann said: "Some of the media coverage today has been at its worst since Kate and I were declared arguidos [formal suspects].

"We can categorically deny that we are considering a movie about Madeleine's disappearance. This is simply untrue.

"We are approached by a huge number of media outlets regarding a myriad of projects, only a tiny proportion of which we agree to.

"Each proposal is considered on whether it is likely to have a positive effect, either directly or indirectly on the search for Madeleine."

He added that there had been a "preliminary discussion" with a production company about a documentary on the issues the family had faced since the disappearance of their daughter.

The McCann's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said on Tuesday that there had been a meeting in December with the IMG film company, the firm behind the award-winning documentary Touching The Void.

He said the McCanns themselves had not attended the meeting, which discussed the possibility of making their daughter's disappearance into either a film or a TV drama.

Mr Mitchell said: "The media are making money out of the situation themselves and we feel it is only fair and right that some aspect of that should come to the fund to help find Madeleine.

"In this case we have had one meeting before Christmas. It was between myself, one other person and representatives from IMG."


On Gerry's blog:
08/01/2008

"We are one week in to the New Year and we can definitely say the holiday period is well and truly over. Some of the media coverage today has been at its worst since Kate and I were declared arguidos.

We can categorically deny that we are considering a movie about Madeleine's disappearance. This is simply untrue. We are approached by a huge number of media outlets regarding a myriad of projects, only a tiny proportion of which we agree to. Each proposal is considered on whether it is likely to have a positive effect, either directly or indirectly on the search for Madeleine. As stated today by Clarence, there was a preliminary discussion between a production agency and a representative of Kate and I to discuss the possibility of a documentary about the issues we have faced since Madeleine was abducted. Clearly Europe is a long way behind the USA in terms of its response when a child goes missing.

Kate and I have opened all of the Christmas cards and many mass cards which have been for Madeleine. We would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us over the last eight months. We could not have got through this ordeal on our own and without doubt, Madeleine needs all our help."

See the Interview of Clarence Mitchell with Jon Gaunt


"The media are making money out of the situation themselves and we feel it is only fair and right that some aspect of that should come to the fund to help find Madeleine."
Clarence Mitchell





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