Fresh Meat movie talks heated up on Wednesday in comments from series creator Sam Bain to Screen Daily.
Bain told the website that he has been “having chats” about a film version of the popular UK Channel 4 series, and “we’re working on a couple of ideas.”
“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,” Bain said.
Bain would like to follow in the successful footprints of E4’s The Inbetweeners Movie, which to date has grossed more than $82 million in worldwide box office, IMDb noted.
Bain said The Inbetweeners Movie was a good example of “characters going on holiday, so that is one option [for a Fresh Meat movie] 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 added.
Fresh Meat, for the uninitiated, follows six students at University, each away from home and enjoying independent life for the first time. It has been approved for a third series, which is currently in production and will air later in 2013, Screen Daily noted.
The news comes on the heels of a Wednesday announcement that an American series, Veronica Mars, could soon be getting the big screen treatment.
It also followed a Tuesday announcement that TV classic Good Times could soon be coming to a theater near you.
However, these two series have been off the air for some time and never tried the simultaneous film-and-TV balance as a Fresh Meat movie would cause.
Such a situation is not without precedent, however. Series like Reno 911 and South Park have tried it in the past to varying degrees of success.
What do you think about a Fresh Meat movie? Will you be watching when the third series airs later this year?