Corner Gas: The Movie premieres in Regina

Corner Gas: The Movie premieres in Regina.
The stars of Corner Gas: The Movie at the Regina premiere of the Saskatchewan-made film based on the television series. From left to right, the cast members are: Tara Spencer-Nairn, Brent Butt, Nancy Robertson, Fred Ewanuick and Lorne Cardinal. (CBC)

The made-in-Saskatchewan film Corner Gas: The Movie was the focus of a red carpet premiere in Regina Tuesday.

Comedian Brent Butt, creator of the television series which ran for several years, helped write and produce the film.

Prior to the screening, Butt said converting a sitcom into a movie was challenging.

"Fans of the show and I think a lot of people were thinking, 'Uh, I don't know if this is going to work as a movie,'" Butt said.

However, he said the reaction from people who have seen the finished film has been very good.

"It was a lot like grabbing us and going, 'That really worked great. That was terrific,'" he said. "So the response was fantastic."

Butt said he hoped the movie will appeal to fans of the series and also entertain people who may not have watched the television show.

"We worked on the script for almost two years before we really thought this is ready and working," he said.


  • WATCH the full red carpet interview with Brent Butt here:
Corner Gas star Brent Butt talks about the success of the series and his hopes for the film. (With CBC News reporter Dean Gutheil) 2:39

The film will be in theatres from Dec. 3 to 7.

"I just feel good," Butt added. "I'm really happy with the movie we made."

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.