The story of British sea shanty group Fisherman's Friends is to be brought to the big screen by Calendar Girls director Nigel Cole.

The singers landed a major recording deal in 2010 after they were discovered at a pub in England, and they are poised to release their second album next month (Aug13).

However, their story took a tragic twist when bandmember Trevor Grills and tour manager Paul MCMullen were killed in a freak accident involving a steel door at a gig venue in February (13).

It has now emerged the group will be the focus of a new film by acclaimed director Cole, who insists he is "very much looking forward (to making) a truly British movie".

Auditions to cast the roles of the singers will begin later this year (13), according to the Bbc.