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Simon Cowell to make Pudsey film

Ashley and Pudsey
Image caption Ashleigh and Pudsey were the first dog trick act to win Britain's Got Talent

Simon Cowell is making a film about last year's Britain's Got Talent winner Pudsey the dog, according to reports.

Pudsey: The Movie will star the trick-performing dog and his owner Ashleigh Butler, says industry trade paper Screen Daily.

It's not the first time the music mogul has conceived a movie about one of the Britain's Got Talent winners.

A film about tenor Paul Potts, called One Chance and starring James Corden, is currently in post-production.

Corden spent eight weeks filming the story of the former phone salesman, Bristol city councillor and amateur opera singer turned chart-topping star last year.

Box office hit Street Dance 3D also starred Britain's Got Talent victors Diversity and George Sampson.

That film was co-produced by UK outfit Vertigo Films, who will partner with Cowell's company Syco on the Pudsey movie.

Rupert Preston of Vertigo said: "We're delighted to be developing this idea with Syco and we can't wait to bring Pudsey to the big screen. It will be great, feel-good, fun entertainment for all the family."

During last year's final, Ashleigh and Pudsey clinched the talent show title as they performed a routine to the Mission Impossible theme.

Pudsey - a Border Collie, Bichon Frise and Chinese Crested - walked across the judging panel's desk and later climbed onto Ashleigh's back.

His film is expected to start shooting in the spring, with an eye towards a Christmas release.

Pudsey's manager said in a statement: "The British people love Pudsey. He has met the Queen and was invited to 10 Downing Street by the Prime Minister.

"This represents a hugely exciting next step."

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