It’s been reported today that the bosses of hit ITV2 show The Only Way Is Essex are planning to film a movie spin-off in Dubai!
Which is something of a bizarre choice of location given that the Islamic country has exceptionally strict rules about public displays of affection, nudity – even partial – and boozing.
That said, Dubai is of course notoriously a playground for the rich and famous, and TOWIE stars Joey Essex and Sam Faiers recently holidayed there…
As did former TOWIE star Mark Wright and his new girlfriend, Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan, and apropos of Mark, The Sun reports that he could be one of several former cast members who’ll feature in the movie.
But getting back to choosing Dubai as the setting for the film, the paper adds, “But the hard-drinking stars including Sam’s sister Billie, who fell over at a bar opening this week, will have to be careful as the Islamic country has strict rules on alcohol and sex.”
And they really do need to take note because as you may recall hearing on the news, British holidaymaker Rebecca Blake was arrested and jailed for three months last year after a “ten-hour drinking binge” during which a local taxi driver claimed she “got naked” in the back of his cab along with a male friend.
A show insider said, “There have been rumours of a Towie film for a while but bosses have now finally talked to the cast about it…
“They said that while they are currently concentrating on the new series later this month, the film is something they want to do and it could even kick off as early as this summer.
“Dubai would be the perfect place as it is the current hip destination for young Essex boys and girls and it would be a great sunny location to film in.”
Another source added, “It would be more structured than the series but it would still be about the real stories of the cast and finding out what is going on in their lives.”
What do you think of the idea of a spin-off film and of filming it in Dubai? Personally, I’d have thought Magaluf or Benidorm were more obvious choices, because sending the Essex squad to Dubai is akin to putting Herod in charge of a nursery surely?
For now, here’s a reminder of that rather awful live episode…