McCanns consider allowing Madeleine movie

Madeleine McCann's parents are looking at giving the green light to a film about their missing daughter.

Major entertainment company IMG spokesman Clarence Mitchell told the London Times that a meeting took place last month, but said that Gerry and Kate McCann didn't attend and that no decision has been made.

It is understood that IMG made the initial approach to the couple and expressed interest about making either a feature film of a TV drama about the four-year-old who disappeared from a Portugal apartment in May 2007.

Mitchell said that the McCanns would only consider such a project if it could help raise awareness of the missing girl's case, or if it could help to fund the search for her.

It is just one of a number of approaches that have been made by media companies looking to capitalise on the search for the girl.

He wouldn't speculate on whether Gerry and Kate - who are themselves considered potential suspects in the ongoing investigation - would play themselves in any movie.

"While it may be hugely entertaining and a bit of fun to think of cast lists, we are a million miles away from that sort of thing," he told the Times.

It is understood that any potential film or television drama will be discussed a meeting of Madeleine Fund directors later this week.

Mitchell said that while the media is making money out of coverage of the case, it is only fair that the kidnapped girl's parents do the same and use the proceeds to finance the search for their daughter.

Last year Ben Affleck indefinitely postponed the release of Gone Baby Gone, his directorial debut. The movie, about a kidnapped four-year-old, bore striking similarities to the real case - and the actress was similar-looking to Madeleine McCann.

- NZ HERALD STAFF

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