Monday 19 March 2018

Liam Neeson to co-produce film about IRA sniper based on book by Dundalk writer

Actor Liam Neeson attends the world premiere of
Actor Liam Neeson attends the world premiere of "Run All Night" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Monday, March 9, 2015, in New York.

Hollywood legend Liam Neeson is co-producing a movie about an IRA sniper, based on the novel 'A Mad and Wonderful Thing' by Dundalk writer Mark Mulholland.

The book was published last year and the film deal, which sees the book picked up by Parallel Films, has just been announced.

Neeson has never produced a movie before, but decided to make an exception for Mark's novel.

Speaking to Dundalk Blog, Talk of the Town, Mulholland said, “It was Liam who did the running on this and made the thing happen. And it was Liam that approached and encouraged Parallel Films to go for it.

"Liam has been loyal and supportive to the work from the start and he has also made some wonderful comments. Liam, because of who he is, brings assurance of a big production and a guarantee of attention.

“This will be Liam’s first film to include a role behind the camera. Some months ago I suggested to Liam that he may like to make the film himself. Madly enough, he said yes.

“Well, what he actually said was: ‘I don’t have a production company; never had. And I’ve no desire to direct or to produce really. However, I will make an exception for A Mad and Wonderful Thing.’ Well, how mad is that?”

Speaking about the book last year, Neeson said, “I thought it excellent. Deeply satisfying and moving.

"I also think that sufficient time has passed since the Good Friday Agreement to, at last, have a novel that goes inside the head of one of the ‘Troubles’ protagonists and hear the pros and cons of the conflict (to take up arms or not) told in an original and exciting way."

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