The BBC’s Protecting our Children social work documentary is to get a star-studded American makeover, after Hollywood executives struck a six-figure deal for the movie rights to the popular series, Community Care can reveal.
The movie, Protecting our Children: NYC Meltdown, will be a 90-minute blockbuster about a group of social workers fighting social ills in New York City and is inspired by the experiences of the Bristol social work department featured in the BBC series.
The project will be spearheaded by Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese and it is understood the maverick director has identified Megan Fox (above), Charlie Sheen and Vin Diesel as his ‘dream casting’ to play the social work team. In preparation for the project, Scorsese is to launch a fact-finding mission to find out ‘the nitty gritty, as you Brits say’ of frontline social work, starting with a visit to the Community Care Live conference in London.
‘This movie could be my best work since Taxi Driver, I can’t take any chances. That’s why Community Care Live is so important,’ the director said. ‘Where better to get drama and inspiration than a seminar on ‘The future of professional regulation’? It’s awesome. Simply awesome.’
Despite confirming his involvement in Protecting our Children: NYC Meltdown Scorsese remained tight-lipped on rumours that negotiations had broken down over a deal to get Cardigan, the UK’s first social work dog, to play a security guard in the film.
One source attached to the project said: ‘We want Cardigan – he’d make a super cool security dog – but his demands are excessive. He’s demanding $30bn just to sign-up, a 60 inch wide-screen TV in his dressing room playing Crufts on loop, and Paris Hilton’s dogs flown over each day for him to hang out with. It seems the news coverage from last year has gone to his head.’
If Cardigan refuses to take part, it is understood Russell Brand will be approached for his role.
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