Hereford Films’ Jonathan Sothcott, alongside Carry On Films, is to produce a slate of brand new “Carry On” films, started with “Carry On Doctors,” which will be written by Tim Dawson and Susan Nickson, the writers of hit BBC sitcom “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.”
“Carry On Doctors” is the first of a slate of “Carry On” films planned by Hereford Films, with the second instalment titled “Carry On Campus.” The films will be executive produced by Brian Baker of Carry On Films, owner of the rights to the new “Carry On” pics.
The original “Carry On” franchise is the most successful British comedy film series of all time. It ran from 1958-92, encompassing 31 movies, all on low-budgets. The films, produced by Peter Rogers, were known for their double entendre and outlandish plots, and became an institution in the U.K., where they are still regularly shown on TV. “Carry On” historian Robert Ross is attached to the project as an advisor.
Baker said: “I’m very excited for the project to go into production, and to honor Peter Rogers’ legacy. He was a cornerstone of the British film industry for many years and it is a privilege to continue the ‘Carry On’ tradition.”
Nickson commented: “I’m thrilled to be involved in perhaps the biggest comedy franchise in Britain. I grew up watching these films and to be working on this project feels like coming home. They’re peculiarly British but the appeal of the humor and the ever-present message that good people always win is absolutely global.”
The original pics, which included “Carry On Up the Khyber,” “Carry On Cleo” and “Carry On Camping,” were directed by Gerald Thomas, and writers included Norman Hudis and Talbot Rothwell. The ensemble casts was built around a core of actors led by Kenneth Williams and Sid James.
Dawson said: “These films are a part of British culture and to be carrying on the legacy of Norman Hudis and Talbot Rothwell is a thrill and a responsibility. We intend to be sympathetic to the heritage whilst being unafraid to modernize the franchise for a whole new audience. This is my dream job.”
Cast and filming dates on the new film are to be announced. Sothcott said the new addition would be in the spirit of the original franchise: “‘Carry On’ is a national treasure: the most successful British comedy film series of all time. We are making a new entry in the series with love and care: it isn’t a remake or an attempt to reinvent the wheel. We won’t be trying to find new Sids or Kenneths — we’re looking to create a whole new ensemble of brilliant British comedic actors. No stunt casting. No big American stars. This will be British film at its best, as the truly remarkable heritage deserves.”
Hereford Films slate includes the U.S. horror films “Memorial Day” and “Night Hag,” as well as the London thriller “Head Hunter.”