Captain Pugwash is coming to the big screen

Ian Sandwell
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From Digital Spy

Kipper me capstans! Captain Pugwash is sailing onto the big screen.

BBC News reports that Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz's Nick Frost will be playing the classic pirate in a live action movie, based on the 1950s children's books and 1970s TV series.

"Besides Winston Churchill and Henry VIII, Captain Horatio Pugwash seems like a role I was born to play," joked Frost.

The movie will see Captain Pugwash heading to Botany Bay where he finds himself as the helm of The Black Pig on a mission to rescue Tom the Cabin Boy's father who is stranded on a volcanic island.

And, of course, scupper me skull-and-crossbones, Pugwash's arch-enemy Cut-Throat Jake will be in the movie.

The movie will start filming next year and also stars Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and The Musketeers star Jason Flemyng, with further casting still to be announced.

Photo credit: BBC Pictures

Captain Pugwash was created by John Ryan and first appeared as a comic strip in 1950, before the BBC ran a series of short black-and-white cartoons between 1957-66.

It was then revived in 1974 for a series of episodes in colour which ran until 1975 with 30 episodes made in total.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Frost will reunite with Shaun of the Dead co-star Simon Pegg for new comedy horror movie Slaughterhouse Rulez which they will executive produce as part of their new company Stolen Picture.

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