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All writer Sarah wants for Christmas is a movie deal

IRELAND'S answer to JK Rowling is hoping that her acclaimed book The Demon's Lexicon will be turned into a silver screen production after selling the rights to Parallel Films.

Killiney native Sarah Rees Brennan only has one Christmas wish this year -- that her popular trilogy be brought to life on-screen and star Cillian Murphy as the protagonist.

The 28-year-old author has been tipped as the next big thing in fantasy fiction and could become a household name if her characters are picked up by a top director.

"I was approached last year by Parallel Films in London to sell them the rights for a five-figure sum, so I was delighted," Sarah told the Herald. She signed off on the lucrative deal earlier this year for an undisclosed amount.

"I know people who have done that and then the storyline is changed, but it's hugely flattering at the same time."

JK Rowling, who is now one of the richest individuals in the UK, sold the rights to her first book Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone in 1998, for an estimated €1m.

Since then, the rags to riches writer has gone on to rake in more than €800m, while the seven-part series is worth more than €5bn.

Sarah's first book, which centres around 16-year-old Nick and his brother who slay demons, hit shelves in 2009 and has seen massive success. The Dubliner, who has been writing since she was seven, based her hit series in England and the third and final instalment was published during the summer to critical acclaim.

"I started writing as a child because I was bad at ballet," she said, adding that by the time she was 20 she had storylines for 30 books scribbled down.

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