Monday 11 December 2017

'I won't push for my new film to be made in Ireland', says Cecelia Ahern

Author Cecelia Ahern
Author Cecelia Ahern

Elaine McCahill

Her young adult novel Flawed has been optioned for a movie but Cecelia Ahern won't be pushing producers to film in Ireland.

Previous silver screen adaptations of her books, such as PS I Love You (starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler) and Love, Rosie (with Lily Collina), were filmed here.

"I'm absolutely thrilled. It's the same team who were behind PS I Love You and since then we've wanted to work together, so it's brilliant," she told the Herald.

"I'm working on the sequel now, which is called Perfect, and they have optioned both of them so they could make one movie or three."

Lily Collins and Sam Claflin in Love, Rosie.
Lily Collins and Sam Claflin in Love, Rosie.

The novel is set in a fictitious world where imperfection isn't tolerated and those who make mistakes are called flawed and branded with an 'F'.

"The book isn't necessarily set in Ireland, it's a fictitious country so it's completely up to them [if they want to film here]," she said.

Multimillionaire
Cecelia Ahern
with Oscarwinning
actress
Hilary Swank at
the Dublin
premiere of
PS I Love You
last year
Multimillionaire Cecelia Ahern with Oscarwinning actress Hilary Swank at the Dublin premiere of PS I Love You last year

"I've always pushed for previous films to be filmed here but I think at this stage, it's just important to just get things made.

"It's good to have as much Irish involvement as possible but they are American producers and so I have to respect that as well," she added.

MISSING YOU: Hilary
Swank as young widow
Holly in PS I Love You
MISSING YOU: Hilary Swank as young widow Holly in PS I Love You

The 34-year-old's new novel, The Marble Collector, has also been nominated for the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year at this year's Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.

"It's only out a week away, so I'm very excited. I'm really honoured," she said.

The public can vote for their favourite book on www.bgeirishbookawards.ie. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 25.

Herald

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