Sunday 20 January 2019

Martin McDonagh planning to reunite In Bruges stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in new movie

McDonagh poses with cast members Farrell and Gleeson at the premiere of
McDonagh poses with cast members Farrell and Gleeson at the premiere of "In Bruges"

Jim Gallagher

Golden Globe winner Martin McDonagh has revealed he is writing another movie to reunite In Bruges stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

He added that this time it will be set in Ireland in a previous era.

The two Irish stars won rave reviews when they appeared in the hit 2008 film, which McDonagh wrote and directed.

Now the London-Irish writer, who picked up a Golden Globe at the weekend for his screenplay for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, said he was working on another film to bring the actors back together.


"I've been working on one over the past couple of years, something to try and get - I shouldn't really say it because it will go crazy on the internet - something to get Colin and Brendan back together," he said.

"It's not quite right and I don't want to follow up In Bruges with something that is not as good because we were all happy with that.

"But I'm going to keep working on it and I think it will be west of Ireland set and not set in the present day."

Farrell and Gleeson played two hitmen hiding out in the Flemish city after a job went drastically wrong in In Bruges.

McDonagh (47), who was born in London to Irish parents, is on a roll following the success of Three Billboards, which also won the Golden Globe for best film.

He is being strongly tipped for an Oscar nomination, both as a screenwriter and director. He previously won an Oscar in 2006 for a short film, Six Shooter, which also starred Gleeson.

McDonagh originally shot to fame with his Irish-based plays including The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

Talking of Three Billboards, McDonagh, whose last film in 2012, Seven Psychopaths, starred Colin Farrell, said he wanted to make a female-led movie.

The film stars Frances McDormand - who also won a best actress Golden Globe on Sunday - as a devastated mother whose daughter has been murdered and who is getting increasingly frustrated at the lack of results in the police investigation.

She decides to put up advertisements on three billboards attacking the police.

McDonagh told RTE's Today with Maura and Daithi: "I wanted to write a really strong female lead because the last two films weren't really strong female leads."

The writer and director said he currently had no plans to turn any of his own plays into movies.

"Most films made from plays are awful. Even mine would be awful, it's simply the rule," he said.

Three Billboards also won a fourth Golden Globe for Sam Rockwell as best supporting actor.


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