Wednesday 23 October 2019

IRA victim McConville's story set for TV series

Jean McConville
Jean McConville

Jim Gallagher

The producers of 'American Crime Story' are turning their attentions to Northern Ireland for their next blockbuster series.

Hollywood executives who made the highly successful dramas 'The People v OJ Simpson' and 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' will now focus on the Troubles and the IRA murder of mother-of-10 Jean McConville.

They have optioned the book 'Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland' written by 'New Yorker' magazine writer Patrick Radden Keefe. It was published in the US last month.

Producers Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson will develop the book as a limited series along with author Keefe.

The book tells the story of the 1972 abduction of McConville, a 38-year-old widow, who was taken from her home in Belfast by the IRA. Accused of being a British informant, she was never seen alive again and became one of "the Disappeared". Her remains were discovered on a Co Louth beach in 2003.

Keefe's book uses the case as an entry point to a story about a society wracked by warfare, with portraits of key figures on all sides of the conflict.

A search for a writer to adapt the book into a TV series is underway, according to 'The Hollywood Reporter'.

"We're always on the lookout for a literary page-turner, and when we started Patrick's book we couldn't put it down," Simpson and Jacobson told the magazine.

The producers also made ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’, which starred Penelope Cruz
The producers also made ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’, which starred Penelope Cruz

Simpson said: "On some level it's a crime thriller, an espionage thriller, but it's also about something more deep and resonant." He said the book was "more relevant now that the world has turned to talking about what's happening in Ireland with Brexit, and will the Troubles start again?"

Irish Independent

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