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A plumber who landed a recording contract after being heard singing at work has now signed a Hollywood film deal for the rights to his story.

Kev Crane, a 50-year-old plumber from Leicestershire, was fitting a bathroom for local record producer Paul Conneally in August last year when he started singing on the radio.

Impressed with his voice, Conneally, owner of New Reality Records in Loughborough, offered Crane a recording contract and he subsequently released his debut album.

Now, Hollywood has caught wind of his story, and Crane has signed a deal with Los Angeles-based filmmaker Stacy Sherman and screenwriter and producer Billy Ray, who penned the 2013 blockbuster Captain Phillips.

A screenplay has already been written by British sitcom and film screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who have written for TV series such as The Likely Lads, Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

“It’s like watching this happen to someone else. Not for a minute did I think this could happen to me,” Crane told the BBC.

“I spent sleepless nights thinking about this whole thing – the record deal and now the movie. It’s so exciting.”

Conneally said: “Never in a million years did I think this would happen when I first heard Kev sing. We know the story won’t follow our life stories exactly but will be based on this one, and we can’t wait to see exactly what they do with it.

The couple speculated on which actors might play them in the film. Conneally suggested Simon Pegg and Nick Frost would be a good fit.

Other names that have been thrown in the ring include Jude Law, Colin Firth, Jason Statham and Ricky Gervais.

“We grew up watching shows like Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, as well as movies like The Commitments, so it seems unreal to be working with the creators of those now and having Zoom calls with them in LA and to think it’s our story that they’re ‘working on,’ said Crane, who lives with his wife, Karen, in the village of Quorn.

“My wife was so overwhelmed by it all – in tears about it. I just go with the flow.

Sherman said she became interested in the story because it was a story of the human spirit and music. “What could be better?” she says. “Sinks fixed, dreams shattered, heartache, hope and British music.”

Crane said he had been in a band before and had written an album, but it was “more of a hobby”. “I like to sing while I work and [Conneally] took me into the living room one evening for a conversation about my singing voice,” he said. After listening to Crane’s music “he asked me to sign up on his label – that’s how it was”.

For now, Crane is still setting up bathrooms in the East Midlands, but he released another single this week and is starting work on his second album.

Meanwhile, the film is in pre-production and the couple are eagerly awaiting the final result. Conneally said: “We don’t have a firm release date yet. We’re learning how much work there is in making a feature film, especially if it’s being made in Los Angeles. .

Musicians discovered in unusual places

Crane isn’t the only singer to be spotted when he least expected it.

Florence welch

The Florence + the Machine singer says she was discovered by Mairead Nash, who became her manager, when she sang in the bathroom at a party.

In an interview on MTV, the singer said, “I went to one of Mairead’s club nights and we were in the bathroom talking about boys or something, and I was pretending to have a band. .

“I sang a snippet of an Etta James song. I was like, ‘I can sing!!’ I was quite drunk… But the toilets have very good acoustics, and I discovered that Etta James was also singing to her manager in the toilets.

Rod Stewart

In 1964 Stewart was playing his harmonica at Twickenham station after seeing blues singer Long John Baldry perform at the Eel Pie Island Hotel.

Baldry heard him play and invited him to sit down with his band, where he discovered that Stewart could also sing. He offered her a job with his band for £35, after gaining approval from Stewart’s mother. The now-legendary rock singer built his confidence playing with the band, before embarking on his solo career.

Toni Braxton

The American singer-songwriter was spotted by producer William E Pettaway Jr while filling up her car at a gas station.

Pettaway was working as a gas station attendant in Annapolis and recognized Braxton from her local performances, introduced himself, and offered to produce her. Although skeptical, Braxton accepted the offer.

mandy moore

At the age of 14, the American singer, songwriter and actress saved up money to book time at a studio in Orlando to work on her music.

She was overheard by a FedEx delivery man, Victor Cade, who sent a demo tape to his friend at Epic Records and Moore soon landed a record deal.