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University lecturer in talks to have book turned into big screen movie

Author Alan Smith is in talks with Hollywood producers about turning his Her Majesty's Philosophers into a film.

Author Alan Smith is in talks with Hollywood producers about turning his Her Majesty's Philosophers into a film.

Hollywood could be beckoning for a University of Northampton lecturer who is in discussions about turning his latest book into a feature film.

Alan Smith, who tutors creative writing at Avenue Campus, has been having regular Skype conversations with producer and former Seinfeld actor, Danny Woodburn, about converting his book, Her Majesty’s Philosophers, into a big screen movie.

The non-fictional work reflects on the lecturer’s 13-year spell teaching philosophy at Wellingborough Prison.

He said: “I got this call off Danny asking if would I sign an option agreement with him to write a script based on the book and then sell it as a film in Hollywood.

“We have a weekly script conference and talk through my experiences of the British prison system. It’s been fun.”

Alan released the book in September last year. It details the life of a group of inmates under his tutorship. His week was split between lecturing at the university and teaching philosophy to around 12 prisoners as part of Wellingborough’s education programme.

Alan said: “What I didn’t realise is that inside the prison population is a community of men that are bookish and terribly academic.”

Oversees interest in the book came after American radio DJ, Dick Gordon, who approached Alan to appear on his morning show The Story.

The interview was heard by Danny Woodburn, who played Mickey Abbott in the sitcom, Seinfeld.

Lecturer Alan, now 67, said: “I have no intention of ever retiring.

“I only started writing when I was 50 so in terms of being a writer, I’m still young.”

 

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