Buena Vista International (BVI)'s UK comedy label is finalising a first-look pact with Harbour Pictures, the production outfit behind Women's Institute naked calendar picture, Calendar Girls.
Along with Calendar Girls, BVI is backing Harbour's Kinky Boots, a story written by Lizzie Mickery about a 100-year-old traditional shoe factory whose owner diversifies into the erotic shoe business.
Saving Grace's Nigel Cole is to direct Calendar Girls from a script by Juliette Towhidi. The project is based on a true story that created headlines in the UK when a group of Yorkshire women from the ultra-conservative Women's Institute traded in their traditional tea parties to pose nude for a calendar for charity.
Harbour's Nick Barton and Suzanne Mackie are producing or executive producing both titles, with Peter Ettedgui also producing Kinky Boots.
BVI is opening Mel Smith's High Heels And Lowlifes, its first UK release from its local comedy production label, in July. The company is re-negotiating its first-look deal with High Heels production outfit Fragile Films.