Sam Bain, co-creator of Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, is considering adapting the student sitcom for the big screen.
“We have been having chats about a Fresh Meat film and we’re working on a couple of ideas,” said Bain at an industry event earlier this week.
Bain, who hatched the idea for Fresh Meat with his Peep Show co-writer Jesse Armstrong, said his interest in making the film had been inspired by a recent wave of successful big-screen sitcom adaptations.
“The Inbetweeners and In the Loop are good examples of characters going on holiday, so that is one option we’re looking at. But we don’t want it to feel like they’ve stopped being the characters from Fresh Meat so it’s a difficult balance to get right,” he said.
“The challenge with a film – and we’re wrestling with this at the moment so we don’t have any answers – is that you want it to be bigger but you also don’t want to destroy the essence of the show you’ve created.”
The third series of Fresh Meat, which stars Zawe Ashton, Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon, Charlotte Ritchie, Jack Whitehall and Joe Thomas as a diverse group of university students living together in a house share, is currently in production.
A spin-off series that will follow the female housemates after graduation is also planned, according to Screen Daily.
Bain also said at the event that he was thinking about developing a film based on Peep Show, but added that a Fresh Meat movie was more likely to happen first.