IRISH author Emma Donoghue has confirmed that her hit novel ‘Room’ is to be made into a movie.
The book, released in 2010, tells the story of a 5-year-old boy held captive in a room with his mother.
Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, who took the helm on ‘Adam and Paul’ and ‘Garage’, will direct the movie.
Ms Donoghue told Miriam O’Callaghan she began work on the screenplay before the novel was even published, and she was delighted to make the announcement public now that a directer was on board.
“It’s great to have got to the point of being official about it because I’m so over-excited ‘Room’ has found its perfect director
“He’s the only one who wrote to me with a detailed description of the novel and how it would translate to the screen. Lenny actually had a vision of it.”
“It didn’t happen overnight, but I held on to his letter and though ‘that Irish guy really understands the book’”
The author also revealed she always believed her story could be told in print and on screen.
“I wasn’t writing the book in order to make a film, but I do think it would work equally well in both forms.
“There’s a very clear narrative drive which I think helps with the film. I knew it would become a film, but I was determined not to let it become sleazy or sappy. I think this could really work as beautiful film.”
The film is due to enter production next year, with casting still to be decided.