Morrissey Has Given Joe Manganiello His "Blessing" For A Smiths Film...

5 May 2016, 10:37 | Updated: 5 May 2016, 10:39

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Shoplifters Of The World will be produced by the True Blood and Magic Mike star.

Hollywood actor Joe Manganiello is making a Smiths film entitled, Shoplifters Of The World, and apparently its been given the green light by Morrissey himself.

According to Pitchfork, the film is based on (unproved) tale, in which crazed Smiths fan held a Denver radio station's staff hostage at gunpoint and demanded they play Smiths songs on repeat.

The film is set in 1987 - the year The Smiths announced their split - and is to be written and directed by Stephen Kijak, with Manganiello's company, 359 Inc., producing.

The Magic Mike star also revealed that Morrissey has given the film his "blessing" and allowed the use of The Smiths catalogue ... for a fee of course.

"Morrissey agreed to give us the catalogue for a nice, affordable fee," he told Collider. "Well, it's not cheap, by any stretch of the imagination, but we have Morrissey's blessing to move forward with The Smiths project."

He added: "I'm a huge The Smiths fan. It's just really great to be afforded the opportunity to go out and tell stories that I'm really excited and passionate about, like that one."

This isn't the only Smiths-inspired documentary in the words, with upcoming film, Steven, set to chart Morrissey and Johnny Marr's first meeting and the early years of the band and .

The biopic, which began filming last month, is to star a roster of British actors, including War And Peace actor Jack Lowden, who will star as Morrissey.