Wednesday 22 November 2017

Cillian Murphy cult movie remade

Cillian Murphy starred in the original Zonad movie
Cillian Murphy starred in the original Zonad movie

Keiran Carney has defended remaking his Irish spaceman film Zonad, which originally starred Cillian Murphy.

The revamped version of the 2003 cult flick is being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and Keiran - who co-directs the new movie with his brother John - said the fact he remembered the film so well was enough to make him think it was worth re-doing.

Recalling taking a train back to Dublin from Galway with Cillian and his Zonad co-star David Pearse a few years ago, Keiran said: "All we spoke about on this two-and-a-half hour train journey was Zonad. It just made me think that, actually, it was a really good project if we were still talking about it years later. It was trying to make something that's not generic."

Zonad is about an overweight drunk who, in 1950s Ireland, escapes a rehabilitation centre in a red vinyl spaceman outfit. He lands in a small town whose residents cheerfully accept him as an intergalactic traveller and treat him like a magical hero.

Talking about a scene where the 'superhero' - played by Simon Delaney - makes a class of high school girls swoon by picking up a guitar and performing a a polished disco tune, John said: "That's scene where you go, 'OK, all pretense of this being a logical film are now gone."

He went on: "It could be very pleasant to have as sort of a slow-burning thing that builds up over time. I don't feel any rush with this film. I'm quite happy for it to have a sort of longer shelf life."

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