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£3m movie will tell the story of Burnley miracle boy
A BOY’S ‘miracle’ survival after being born four months premature, weighing just 1lb 6oz, is set to be made into a £3million movie.
Little Jack Entwistle, who is now six years old, beat dramatic odds to survive, weighing less than a bag of sugar.
The movie, entitled ‘24 Weekers’, hopes to raise awareness of Strep B, the blood infection Karen suffered from during pregnancy which caused her to give birth prematurely.
Jack’s dad Alan has now secured the services of casting director Lee Mountjoy and a series of tax reliefs for potential investors.
He said that he has already raised around half of the necessary funding.
The youngster, who was given only a 40per cent chance of survival, now attends Burnley’s St James’ Lanehead Primary School.
Alan, 50, from Marsden Road, reckons the film will cost between £2million and £3million to make and has his eyes set on a high-scale production.
He said: “I want to make a feature film, but one that is unlike anything people will have seen in the cinema before.
“We’re approaching household names, in London and Los Angeles, and we’re making excellent progress. We’re about half way there in terms of funding.
“The script is already written and so far people have loved it. For now it’s a real balancing act of waiting for responses and trying to push on with the project.”
Alan has written 12 short films in the past and wants ‘24 Weekers’ to be distributed worldwide.
Last year Alan was successful after launching a short promotional film on the subject that he made himself.
The film has been given interim approval by the British Film Industry, Alan says he wants to create something that is ‘a mixture between Raising Arizona and Erin Brockovich’ in style.
Having shot the trailer for only £600 in Burnley and Manchester last August, the film’s Enterprise Investment Scheme status means new investors will benefit from certain tax exemptions.
Although it will focus mainly on Jack, Alan and Karen’s struggle, the film will also touch on Angela and John Nicholl’s daughter Gemma, a Stockport baby born at 24 weeks who died aged just four days old.