20 October 1998
Source: This is Essex
Go-ahead for Essex Boys film inspired
by Rettendon killings
Granada Films has got the go-ahead to make a movie about organised crime, although planning is still in the early stages. The two-hour feature film, to be called Essex Boys, has been inspired by the Rettendon murders, but will be a work of fiction looking at all aspects of organised crime and not just drugs.
A spokesperson for Granada in London said: "We have not cast the film yet, but it will be stars of film rather than television. We will start on this in the next few weeks.
"The budget is not finalised. but the film will probably cost several million pounds and locations have not been found. "We hope we will be shooting some scenes at Rettendon and the rest will be done in other parts of the county. We are looking towards the end of the year for these locations.
"The film, which will take about two months to make, will be about all organised crime, will be purely fiction and will be shown in cinemas throughout the country."
She said Essex Police had not been contacted as the film was not factual.
The script has been co-written by Jeff Pope, who was responsible for Fools Gold, about the Brinks Mat robbery, and The One That Got Away, based on the SAS being dropped into the Gulf War. He will produce the film and the director will be his co-writer, Terry Winsor.
The Rettendon murders involved the deaths of three drugs barons on a lonely track at Rettendon in December 1995. Patrick Tate, 37, Anthony Tucker, 38, and Craig Rolfe, 26, were shot at point-blank range in a Land Rover after thay thought they had a rendezvous with contacts to set up a major deal. Later, at the Old Bailey, London, Michael Steele, 55, of Great Bentley, and Jack Whomes, 36, of Brockford, Suffolk, were jailed for life for murder.
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