Thursday 18 December 2014

Jim Sheridan's In America set for the small screen

Published 16/07/2014 | 02:30

Director, Jim Sheridan and actress, Aoibheann McCaul,at the launch of the Sky Road TV and Film Festival. Photo: Damien Eagers
Director, Jim Sheridan and actress, Aoibheann McCaul,at the launch of the Sky Road TV and Film Festival. Photo: Damien Eagers

Filmmaker Jim Sheridan is to transform his 2002 film 'In America' into a series for the small screen.

Sheridan is in talks with a top US network about the project, which deals with the issue of illegal immigration in the States.

"It could be HBO, but I don't want to say for definite before we sign the deal," he told the Irish Independent. "I want to tell the story of illegal aliens; the people on the edges of American society. It will focus on the Irish community in the States."

This is the second TV drama Sheridan will have directed this year. He recently completed work on an adaptation of 'The Ten Commandments' for producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

Sheridan believes that television now gives directors greater scope for creativity than feature films.

Before he starts work on the televised version of 'In America', Sheridan will take over from Thaddeus O'Sullivan as director on Sebastian Barry's 'The Secret Scripture'.

Sheridan was talking at the launch of Sky Road TV and Film Festival, which runs at the Station House theatre in Clifden, Co Galway from September 5.

Irish Independent

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