Tuesday 17 September 2019

Cecelia Ahern confirms movie adaptation of 'The Time of My Life' will follow 'The Gift' as new young adult series optioned by Warner

Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Cecelia Ahern has revealed that a big screen adaptation of 'The Time of My Life' will follow the movie of her novel 'The Gift'.

The Dublin writer has enjoyed massive success on the big screen with adaptations of her debut novel PS I Love You and Where Rainbows End (Love, Rosie).

The former starred Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank opposite Gerard Butler with Richard LaGravenese directing while Love, Rosie starred Lily Collins and Sam Clafin and was filmed mostly in Cecelia's native Dublin.

Her fifth book Thanks for the Memories and third, If You Could See Me Now, have been optioned in the UK and US respectively and it had been expected they would follow The Gift.

However, Cecelia has revealed that 'The Time of My Life' will now be first to hit the big screen.

"The next book to go ahead is The Gift, then after that it will be 'The Time of My Life'", she told The Edition, DIT's college newspaper.

As for adaptations of If You Could See Me Now and Thanks for the Memories, she adds, "For now there's no plans yet, a lot of drafts are passing back and forth between people but it's hard to know."

The Gift, Cecelia's sixth book, published in 2008, tells the story of a workaholic who neglects his family but surprises himself when he reaches out to help a homeless man in the run up to Christmas, a man who ends up teaching him what truly matters.

A director, cast, and release date have not yet been announced.

In the meantime, Cecelia is gearing up for the release of her debut young adult series, titled 'Flawed' and 'Perfect'.  Flawed will be published on April 5.

Flawed has been optioned by Warner Bros and the film will be produced by Wendy Finerman who produced PS I Love You.  That film grossed a tidy €156 for Warner in 2007.

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