I spend a fair amount of time talking to people connected with the movie world. They tend to be larger than life, and always entertaining. There seems to be little rhyme or reason as to how a movie comes into being, or what subject it might be about.

Next March the poor unsuspecting world is going to meet a new comedy, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen. When I first heard the title I assumed that there was some deeper meaning, but I was wrong! The synopsis reads:

From the beloved director of Chocolat and the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire comes the inspirational comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. A visionary sheik (Amr Waked) has a big dream – to bring salmon fishing to the desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative (Emily Blunt) to turn his dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain’s leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on for its potential as a ‘good will’ story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.

This sounds so ridiculous and destined for Netflix 5 minutes after the world premier that I had to dig deeper. Very much it seems to involve ‘A-List’ people, so one has to wonder can this be a Box Office hit, or the biggest bust of 2012?

Here is one of the trailers doing the rounds.
Simon Barrett

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